Call for more cycle lanes as pandemic sees huge surge in bike use | HeraldScotland
By Helen McArdle
The number of people cycling more than doubled in some parts of Scotland last year as lockdown restrictions led to a drop in road traffic and growing safety confidence.
Campaigners are now calling for increased investment in infrastructure such as designated cycle lanes to sustain the increase and encourage more people swap their cars for commuting by bike.
According to data gathered by Cycling Scotland’s nationwide network of 47 automatic cycle counters, there were 47 per cent more cycling journeys recorded overall between March 23 2020 and March 22 2021, compared to the same period in 2019-2020.
In Girvan, Callander and Dunoon, the number of bike rides rose by more than 100% over the year.