We did it! Pedal on Parliament returns to the streets of Edinburgh

10 years after after the first POP took over the streets of Edinburgh, thousands once more gathered to march and cycle through the heart of the capital to tell politicians across Scotland that it’s #TimeToDeliver.

Lots has changed since the first PoP in 2012, but our core message hasn’t – it’s time to make Scotland a cycle-friendly country. The experience of seeing so many people take to bikes and enjoy our streets when the cars disappeared during COVID lockdowns showed us what we’ve always known. People will cycle if the conditions are right. It’s up to our politicians to make cycling a safe and realistic option for everyone.

The crowd gathers at Chambers Street for the start. Photo Chris Fleming on Flickr

The police estimated that 2,000 people of all ages gathered outside the National Museum of Scotland before riding and marching an extended route to the Parliament. The message this year – aimed at candidates standing in the local elections on May 5th – was that it was time to deliver conditions for safer cycling. Once at Holyrood, the crowd assembled for speeches from politicians, representatives of Bikes for Refugees and the Infra Sisters, record-breaking hand-cyclist Ken Talbot, and most importantly of all, 11-year-old Andrew Talbot representing the younger generation, who was just one when POP first started. Read more about the day

Andrew Hawkins (11)
Andrew addresses the crowd. Photo Iona Shepherd on Flickr

Youngsters like Andrew face the uncertainty of climate change, but we believe that the humble bicycle can play a key role in combatting it. This film explains what’s at stake.

Who are we?

Pedal on Parliament is a grassroots volunteer-led campaign pushing for better, safer and more inclusive cycling conditions for everyone of all ages and abilities in Scotland. We run an annual nationwide weekend of action aimed at policy makers, asking for better investment, design and policy for sustainable transport. 
Our manifesto asks politicians to agree to

  • Proper funding for active travel – starting at 10% of the transport budget and rising to 20% by the end of the parliamentary term.
  • Design cycling for all ages and abilities into Scotland’s roads.
  • Implement and enforce safer speeds where people live, work and play.

“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

Want to help? Find out how to get involved. Or you can support us financially – we are funded entirely through individual donations and the sale of POP t-shirts.