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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16074: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 19 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of everyday journeys are made by bike, and whether it considers that it will meet its target of 10% by 2020, which was set out in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 2017-2020.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 4 May 2018

According to the Scottish Household Survey, the percentage of adults who travel to work by bike is 2.6%, which is the most common adult everyday journey. Also, cycling is the main mode of travel for 1.2% of all journeys.

Cycling Scotland’s Annual Cycling Report will show that 5% of adults usually or regularly cycle to work and that the 10% shared vision is being exceeded for cycling to work in certain areas - in the Highland council area at 14%, and 11% in both Moray and Edinburgh. The Scottish Household Survey shows that 50% of all journeys are more than 8 kms, which is generally too far to cycle for an everyday journey so we are targeting investment to encourage more people to cycle for shorter journeys.

While it will be challenging to meet the shared vision of 10% of everyday journeys by 2020, and as I stated in the Air Quality Debate, doubling the active travel budget to £80 million this year and for the next two years, will significantly help to reach the vision and ensure the funding is spent in the right way to make the biggest impact.

However, there is still a lot to be done on behavioural change, such as child and adult cycle training, and delivering better, segregated infrastructure to make our towns and cities safer and to encourage more people to try cycling for short journeys.