The Olympics is over, the Paralympics is yet to begin and the arguments about legacy will no doubt rumble on for some time but here at Pedal on Parliament we already know what we want to see happen on Scotland’s roads to celebrate our golden Olympians. OK, so we don’t think they’re really call them ‘Cycle Super Hoyways’ – but we would like a gold standard network of well-designed, well-connected and properly funded cycle tracks that anyone from Chris Hoy to Ben and Isabella Wiggins can safely ride on, in every town and city in Scotland. Of course, that will take the nation’s politicians to sign up to our 8-point manifesto, but it seems that most of them won’t do that of their own accord, even when 3000 of you pedalled on parliament to ask them nicely. Look at Edinburgh where, despite a council that seems supportive of cycling in general, they’re dragging their heels on improving Leith Walk. When consulted, more people asked for separated cycle tracks than anything else but the response from councillors has been to think of any excuse why they can’t do that. Clearly it was one of those consultation exercises, you know the kind we mean…

But Leith Walk is just one street in one city in Scotland. We think – we know – that every city and every town, every councillor’s ward, perhaps every postcode in Scotland has its own Leith Walk: a road that could be a fantastic thoroughfare for cyclists and pedestrians and shoppers and buses and yes, even cars but at the moment is a traffic-choked canyon of fumes and frustration. Perhaps there are even plans to do it up as there are at Leith Walk – at some expense – but without really taking the bicycle into account. We think that’s a shame, and a waste. And here’s what we suggest you do about it.

First, find your own Leith Walk (it may even be the Leith Walk) – the road locally that you’d most like to see revamped with decent cycling infrastructure. Then get your hands on a postcard (and watch this space for some ways you can get hold of one of ours). Write your local councillors a postcard telling them what you’d like to see changed in your area. For extra bonus points, stick on a Chris Hoy stamp and stick it in a postbox.

But not yet, because here’s where the fun part starts. For real bonus points, join one of our gatherings on Sunday 16th September at one of the Sir Chris Hoy golden postboxes, or outside the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. Or if you live near a golden postbox of your own, why not organise your own posting at the same time? Or simply tweet or facebook a picture of your postcard and you posting it, using the hashtag #goldenlegacy

There will be more on this as we get ourselves organised. Watch this space…

Pedal on Postbox!