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Scotland's cycling routes to get £6m revamp

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  • Started 8 years ago by minus six
  • Latest reply from Roibeard

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  1. Peterward2008
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    Agree with Morningsider and SRD.

    People scaled towns and cities is the way forward. Doesn't this all become a bit moot eventually anyway as petrol costs increase and people turn to active and public transport, reserving the car for journeys of a long distance.

    If this is likely to be the direction of travel, then the eventual need to redo infrastructure in towns and cities and how they link up, will make the cost of the Forth bridge pale by comparison. The remedial work would cost more than placing the infrastructure there in the first place.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. crowriver
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    Doesn't this all become a bit moot eventually anyway as petrol costs increase and people turn to active and public transport, reserving the car for journeys of a long distance.

    If this is likely to be the direction of travel,

    Alas, I'm not at all convinced that it is. Cities like Edinburgh, and others down south are seeing this happen. In much of Scotland though the car is still king for journeys of almost any distance.

    The discussion on electric cars is pertinent here I think:

    http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=7750

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. Dave
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  4. Peterward2008
    Member

    Thanks for the links Crowriver. Will read the articles when I get home.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. fimm
    Member

    @Dave, like.

    Thank you for all the comments, everyone. I'll try to keep some of them in mind when the subject comes up again...

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. Roibeard
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    I decided to put the £6 million into context, so dug out the Office for National Statistics Family Spending report (2011, latest available).

    The average family spends £64.90 per week on transport, according to this report.

    Let's make this the total transport budget.

    Now, Spokes have calculated that 1% is for Active Travel, hence 65p per week, in our scaled down version.

    That's the cost of a Mars bar.

    Who spends 65p per week and considers that a financial commitment?

    And cycling is only a proportion of Active Travel...

    Unsurprisingly this is going to form the basis of my comments to my MSPs!

    Robert

    Posted 8 years ago #

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