As a keen cyclist myself, I believe that we must have a safe environment for cyclists. As you may know, road safety is a devolved matter, so it is for the Scottish Parliament and Government to design policy in this area.
I would like to see far more investment in local walking and cycling paths. The Scottish Conservatives called for this at the time of the last election, and I know my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament are continuing to push for this. In England, spending on cycling has risen from around £2 per person in 2010 to £6 per person in 2016-17 – I would like to see this ambition replicated in Scotland.
I would also like to see at least one segregated cycle route in each of Scotland’s seven cities, linking from outer city limits through city centres, and more cycle spaces on trains.
For too long, cycling has been seen as a niche activity, rather than a normal activity for all. If we can increase levels of walking and cycling, the benefits are substantial. For people, it means cheaper travel and better health. For businesses, it means increased productivity and increased footfall in shops. And for society as a whole it means lower congestion, better air quality, and vibrant, attractive places and communities.