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Will Alex Salmond ever ride a bike?

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  1. chdot
    Admin

    That seems a reasonable question to ask when The Scottish Parliament Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee's "Inquiry into Active Travel" concludes by saying -

    "Stronger, more effective and sustained leadership is required from the Scottish Government in order to implement improvements to walking and cycling policies in Scotland."

    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/ticc/reports-10/trr10-04.htm

    Finance Minister John Swinney occasionally rides for leisure but he has managed to resist calls by Spokes (and others) for increased spending on cycle infrastructure.

    So perhaps it doesn't matter if the First Minister rides a bike - though it might be good for his health!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. wee folding bike
    Member

    My MSP is Karen Whitefield. She was moaning about busses on her blog so I checked her expenses. Thousands of pounds for car travel, none on busses. I suggested that a good way to support busses would be for her to use them. I also suggested she could get a bike but she is an even less likely figure for that than Mr Salmond.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. spytfyre
    Member

    Unlikely I believe he takes taxis from Linlithgow to Edinburgh because of a bad back meaning he can't stand on the train in rush hour...
    but he is just one guy, plenty people across all parties are cyclists, I would be interested, though, to hear how many cycle from Parliament to meetings elsewhere in town

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. RJ
    Member

    When parliamentary committees identify a need for "strong leadership", aren't they normally pointing the finger at the minister whose portfolio they're commenting on?

    Step forward Stewart Stevenson ...

    http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/14944/Scottish-Cabinet/stewartstevensonmsp

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. chdot
    Admin

    "When parliamentary committees identify a need for "strong leadership", aren't they normally pointing the finger at the minister whose portfolio they're commenting on?"

    Good/valid point.

    He has a boss (JS), who has a boss (AS)

    It's important to try get 'cycling' away from 'just' Transport.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. RJ
    Member

    <quote> It's important to try get 'cycling' away from 'just' Transport.</quote>

    Indeed. But getting cycling taken more seriously *within* transport seems like a good first step.

    After all, it's surely "transport" that has to deliver the wider benfits of cycling to policy areas such as "health".

    Or a meringue? ;)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. Matchstickwarrior
    Member

    Independance, independance, independance!

    "Nicola, you rode one of those bicycle thingys once, what are they like? Will it make me a bit thinner as I've got quite fat as First Minister!"

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. Claggy Cog
    Member

    No mention of cycling in Stewart Stevenson's hobbies, I rest my case, me lud. Wee Eck will undoubtedly not be seen on a bicycle, far too utilitarian for him now.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  9. Claggy Cog
    Member

    Also Wee Eck can use the excuse that the plant made regarding cycling lycra clad warriors being off putting. Seeing AS dressed in lycra would most definitely be off putting, sheesh!!!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  10. Min
    Member

    ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

    Thanks Liz... :@(

    Posted 7 years ago #
  11. smsm1
    Member

    Cycling in Lycra? Nah I just cycle in my normal clothes, and maybe change my top when I get there. I don't even wear bike clips nor stuff my trousers into my socks since I ride a real proper bike that is made for real life cycling.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. spytfire
    Member

    Wee Eck has a bad back. Willnae even get oan the train fae Lithgae(check his taxi bill)

    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. kaputnik
    Moderator

    In that case he should be LB's latest customer

    Posted 6 years ago #
  14. chdot
    Admin

    Do recumbents have a weight limit...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  15. spitfire
    Member

    harsh dude, harsh

    Posted 6 years ago #
  16. PS
    Member

    but fair...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  17. Smudge
    Member

    "Wee Eck has a bad back"
    Some more exercise and fewer pies might help relieve some of the symptoms....

    Posted 6 years ago #
  18. spitfire
    Member

    nah, bad as in knackered vertebrae bad.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  19. Smudge
    Member

    Ah well, never mind. The weight wont help mind...

    Posted 6 years ago #

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