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Cycling

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 29th March 2012.

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Photo of Keith Brown Keith Brown Scottish National Party

The cycling, walking and safer streets grant will be just over £6 million in 2012-13. Our grant offer retains a request for at least 36 per cent, and preferably 50 per cent, of the grant to be spent on cycling.

We are committed to meeting the world-leading Scottish climate change targets and are on track to do so. In 2009, emissions had fallen by 27.6 per cent from 1990 levels, which is almost two thirds of the way to meeting the target of a 42 per cent emissions reduction by 2020. Substantial progress has been and is being made.

We are doing what we said in our manifesto we would do; we are developing the infrastructure to support electric cars, on which I said quite a deal at a conference yesterday. We are also increasing the proportion of transport spending on low-carbon, active and sustainable travel. We are investing £1 billion in public and sustainable transport.

When I sum up, I will say more on current activity across Scotland. I am keen to hear others’ views.

I move amendment S4M-02522.3, to insert at end:

“, and reaffirms the Scottish Government’s target of 10% of journeys made by bike by 2020.”