Monday, March 27th 2017 at 3:40PM BST
Scottish parents took to the trail paths of Edinburgh on Mothering Sunday to launch a new cycling initiative called We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote.
The campaigning parents highlighted the launch of #walkcyclevote – a collaborative campaign that is targeting local election candidates for the upcoming council elections on May 4th.
We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote is asking council candidates to pledge their support for more financial investment in local authority budgets for cycling and walking, improved infrastructure to enable everyone to cycle and walk safely and conveniently, and to tackle local barriers to increased walking and cycling in their council wards.
Enabling more people to walk and cycle can provide an answer to some of the most long-term pressing issues faced in Scotland, including air pollution, town and city congestion, ill health, obesity and the rising cost of physical inactivity to the NHS; campaigners claim that the research and evidence to back up the positive outcomes of walking and cycling is overwhelming.
Director of Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Caroline Brown commented: “I want my children to grow up in a Scotland where walking and cycling are the obvious choices for short, everyday journeys. At the moment, all across Scotland, these transport modes are neglected by politicians and lack the investment and infrastructure to make our towns, cities and countryside safe and accessible for anyone looking to jump on a bike or walk from A to B.