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Cycling Action Plan for Scotland

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STEWART STEVENSON photo1. Foreword

Our vision is that "By 2020, 10% of all journeys taken in Scotland will be by bike."

The shared vision for cycling in Scotland sets a challenge for central and local governments, businesses, employers, stakeholders working on active travel and individuals. We are committed to working in partnership with others to deliver this vision. With one third of journeys under 2 miles, we believe our vision is achievable. We just need more people to cycle more often and in so doing, develop a cycling culture in Scotland.

The Scottish Government's purpose is to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. This first ever Cycling Action Plan for Scotland ( CAPS) sets out how cycling, within the wider context of walking and active travel, contributes to this purpose, particularly through improving health, reducing congestion, reducing carbon emissions and providing a good transport alternative to persuade people out of cars.

The actions in this document aim to increase cycling across Scotland, supporting both new and experienced cyclists. It outlines a framework for delivering the vision, setting out what the Scottish Government will do, what we expect others to do and what outcomes we expect that action will achieve.

Cycling is a fun, healthy and a virtually free activity for those who have access to a bike. Learning to cycle safely can help young people become confident, independent teenagers and adults. Designing our communities to make walking and cycling safe and easy, leads to increased visibility of cyclists and pedestrians and helps create attractive places to live. Choosing to commute to work and to school by bike helps reduce congestion in our towns and cities, is one of the cheapest forms of travel and can help maintain a healthy mind and body. That is why we would like to see, by 2020, 10% of all journeys in Scotland made by bike.

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STEWART STEVENSON

Supported by the CAPS Board