On Yer Bike makes moves to keep sustainable transport spinning.
There was reportedly over 350 people taking part in Wednesday’s rally outside St. Andrews’ House, and sporting a funky Changeworks cycling jacket, I was getting in on the action along with a whole host of other environmental groups, cyclists and a plethora of people concerned with cuts to sustainable transport.
As we wheeled along a pedestrianised Princes Street, it was hard not imagine we were living in some futuristic version of Scotland, where people greeted one another when the traffic paused, with smiles rather than scowls. If only for a brief moment, it was easy to entertain the fantasy that Edinburgh could someday follow cities like Amsterdam, where in the transport triangle it is the car that comes bottom of the heap.
SPOKES, a local cycling campaign group, were in attendance along with Transition Town Linlithgow. Representatives from major environmental organisations such as Friends of The Earth, the World Wildlife Fund and even local businesses such as Tollcross’ Soul Cycles came along, having closed the shop for lunch. You can see what they had to say over at STV Local.
Oisín Murphy-Lawless and baby Orla were among a diverse group of all ages (and cycling skills) who joined the crowd that had gathered to help keep the Scottish Government’s Climate Change targets on track.
The Stop Climate Chaos organisers explained that despite the success of the rally, the campaign is ongoing:
“Thanks to your help, our recent e-actions have helped influence key MSPs in the Scottish Parliament to call for proper funding for action on climate change, but we still have to convince Ministers to amend their budget plans accordingly. The Budget Bill will be laid before Parliament next week and will be finalised and voted on before mid-February. So there is still an opportunity to influence what is and what isn't funded.”
This really could have been a glimpse of the future, and it’s a future I’d be happy to live in.
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