The revised Cycling Action Plan for Scotland has just been published.
Key points include:
The "Vision" of 10% of all trips to be made by bike by 2020 has been subtly changed to read "10% of everyday journeys taken in Scotland will be by bike" - obviously an easier target to reach, as "everyday" trips can mean pretty much anything you like.
Establish an annual cycling summit between Transport Minister and council transport convenors.
Follow-up to Smarter Choices/Smarter Places programme to consist of disseminating best practice.
Scottish Government assistance (for 2 years) for local authorities to develop cycle plans - identifying infrastructure improvements and promotional activity (no commitment to build it - just to identify it).
More cycle training for adults and children.
More encouraging, supporting, cajoling, exhorting, advertising, campaigning etc.
No budget figures and a torturous justification that areas with higher cycling levels spend more money because they have more cyclists, where areas with few cyclists spend little on cycling because there are few cyclists and that you can't compare the two.
Most outrageous claim for not investing in cycling "Allocations to transport projects are made by evidence-gathering, public consultations and various impact assessments, and so it would be inappropriate to arbitrarily allocate definite amounts of investment without carrying out the necessary due diligence." - there is currently no business case for the £3bn A9 dualling and the £3bn A96 dualling projects.
Overall, probably even more disappointing than I was expecting. No budget, no interim targets - plenty of plan but no action. There is no way this plan will result in the 10% modal share "vision" being met.