#PoP2018 – we came and pedalled to make Scotland a cycle friendly country!

For the seventh year running, we held our protest in Edinburgh, with events in Aberdeen and Inverness on the same weekend. We’ll be back again for #PoP2019 next spring and every year until our roads and streets are safe, welcoming and accessible enough for people of all ages and abilities to choose to cycle their everyday journeys.

Pedal on Parliament 2018
(c) Iona Shepherd

Why are we Pedalling on Parliament?

To ask all of Scotland’s politicians, from all parties, to sign up to our manifesto to make Scotland a cycle friendly country for people of all ages and abilities.

What are we asking for?

8-year-old Charlotte Brennan asks at PoP 2018 for the roads to be made safe enough for her to cycle to school.
Photo: Philip Gillespie

  • Proper funding for active travel – 10% of the transport budget nationally  and locally
  • Cycling for all ages and all abilities designed into Scotland’s roads
  • Safer speeds where people live, work and play
  • Cycling built in to our local transport strategies
  • Better road traffic law and better enforcement
  • Safer HGVs around cyclists and pedestrians
  • A strategic and joined-up programme of training for road users
  • The right research supporting good decision-making and policy

Find out more….

Keep up to date: join the Pedal on Parliament Facebook group or follow us on Twitter @POPScotland

PoPs have popped up in Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow too. Please get in touch if you live in Stirling, Dundee or Perth – or anywhere else in Scotland! –  and you’d like to make PoP happen near you!

“The measure of a good city is one where a child on a tricycle or bicycle can safely go anywhere. If a city is good for children, it will be good for everybody else.” – Enrique Peñalosa

Cycling – making sense for Scotland

Cycling should be the obvious solution for many of Scotland’s ills – as we have long said in our manifesto. Report after report after report has shown that cycling improves people’s health, cuts congestion, reduces pollution, boosts the economy, and generally provides returns on investment unparalleled by any other form of transport. But these benefits won’t come about just through a bit of training and encouragement. All the research shows that most people won’t cycle unless they have the conditions to do it in that are safe and, just as importantly, in which they feel safe – especially if they have a family. That takes real and sustained investment.

It can be done – but it takes political will. Since the first PoP more politicians have found that will – we’ve even seen a doubling of the active travel budget since the Transport Minister came to PoP in Glasgow in 2017. But much greater investment in cycling is urgently needed. We need you to come out and tell your elected representatives that cycling really matters. Together, let’s ask them to make Scotland a cycle friendly country. Find out more …. 


Graeme Obree

Graeme Obree addresses the crowd (in 2013) ©Ros Gasson, Photography Scotland

“I come here to enlighten our politicians that we’re not asking for spending here, but an investment, where young people can cycle freely and without fear. We want a network from our homes to our workplaces, our shops, and schools and everywhere we want to go. It’s an investment in the health of the nation.”  – Graeme Obree, speaking at PoP 2013.

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Who are we?

Pedal on Parliament is a grass-roots group of people who want to see Scotland become a place where active travel is safe and enjoyable for everyone, whether they cycle or not.

We are supported by the Andrew Cyclist Charitable Trust, Spokes Lothian, GoBike! Strathclyde, Cycling UK in Scotland, Cycling Dumfries and the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain.

Find out more …


PoP 2014 © Chris Hill


Ian and I remain committed to working with others to make cycling in Scotland safer for all ages and abilities and we strongly support the aims of the Pedal on Parliament team and will work with them to help achieve their aims. 

We are delighted to support Pedal on Parliament Scotland 2014. The turnout at PoP in 2012 and 2013 was incredible and we will be doing all we can to encourage even more people to show their support too and join the ride.  I’ve broken my wrist so won’t be cycling but will be walking the route and will be on the look out for like minded folk to walk with me!

– Lynne McNicoll, the step-mother of Andrew McNicoll and founder of the Andrew Cyclist Charitable Trust


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Pedal on Parliament: That's Mr Beaumont to you

The first PoP (© Richard Cross)