With POP now in its sixth year, and the Scottish local authority elections looming, we’re ringing the changes with three mass rides in three of Scotland’s cities: on Saturday 22nd April there will be simultaneous rides in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and on Sunday 23rd April we take to the streets of Glasgow.

Once more, we’ll be joining forces with We Walk, We Cycle We Vote and many other active travel organisations to present a united front to our politicians and to put active travel on the agenda for the next five years in Scotland (you can find out more about We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote here)

Although we’re making a serious point about making cycling safer and easier, the day itself will be light-hearted. The pace will be slow and easy for people to keep up – however little their legs may be. It will be non-confrontational and we will be co-operating fully with the police and the council and all the relevant authorities. We’ve arranged that the roads will be closed during the ride itself. We’ll do our best to make sure that the good folk of Edinburgh can go about their normal Saturday business (although we’d be delighted if they chose to join us instead) so we won’t be blocking roads or holding anyone up any more than we have to to be safe.

The ride will start at 12 noon from the Meadows, with feeder rides coming in from all across Scotland. The route will be the same as the last five PoPs, including the iconic Royal Mile, and ending – as you might expect – at the parliament building at Holyrood.