Ask your MSP candidates to support cycling in Scotland

Act now so everyone can enjoy the benefits of cycling
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Ask your MSP candidates to support cycling in Scotland

With the Scottish election less than a month away, you can use our simple action to ask your MSP candidates to pledge their support for cycling

We believe that cycling should be for everyone in Scotland. From a child learning to ride using a balance bike, to an older person visiting friends on an e-bike, everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

With election day fast approaching, now is the time to reach out to your MSP candidates and ask them to give their commitment to supporting cycling.

Write to your MSP

 

We want candidates to support the three key asks in our Manifesto for Cycling:

  1. Invest in cycling
  2. Create safe space for walking, cycling and wheeling
  3. Enable rural communities to cycle

Over 3,000 of you sent a positive message to politicians by backing our recent petition in support of these asks.

Now it’s time to take the next step. Our candidates’ action tool makes it simple to check whether your constituency and regional list candidates have pledged their support for cycling.

We’ve made it easy for you to write to those who haven’t, to let them know that you want cycling to be enjoyable, safe and commonplace in Scotland.

Please take a few minutes to complete the action as it’s so important that the people who want to represent you know cycling matters to their voters. 

Every candidate who pledges their support will help us ensure the next Scottish government moves towards a future where more people can cycle, walk and wheel for pleasure and everyday journeys, and where people who already cycle feel safe and able to do so more often.

Join the debate

You can also question politicians from all major parties on their commitments to cycling, walking, wheeling and public transport at our online Cycling and Sustainable Travel Hustings on 20 April at 7pm, which we’re hosting alongside Pedal on Parliament.​ 

 

Register for active travel hustings

 

The online Question Time-style event will be chaired by Catriona Stewart, chief reporter of the Glasgow Times. She will ask the questions and manage what we hope will be a lively but constructive debate of manifesto transport commitments.

The hustings will cover sustainable travel in general as well as cycling because we are also concerned about creating a more sustainable transport system.

Please register in advance, submit your own question, listen to the debate, and make up your own mind on which party presents the best future for cycling in Scotland.

Who's on the Cycling and Sustainable Travel panel?

Michael Matheson
Scottish National Party

Michael has been the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity since June 2018.

Graham Simpson
Scottish Conservatives

Graham has been a Conservative MSP for Central Scotland since 2016 and was a councillor in South Lanarkshire from 2007-2017. He leads for the party on transport and infrastructure.

Alex Rowley
Scottish Labour

Alex is the Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Former leader of Fife Council, he has been an MSP since 2014.

Mark Ruskell
Scottish Greens

Mark was re-elected in May 2016, having served as an MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife between 2003 and 2007. In the last session of parliament he was a member of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee.

Carole Ford
Scottish Liberal Democrats

Carole is a former secondary head teacher and maths textbook writer.  She is the Scottish Liberal Democrat national policy convener, the candidate for Glasgow Southside and the lead list candidate for the Glasgow Region.

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