Order of events – 28th April 2018

  • 11:00-12:00  Gather on Middle Meadow Walk
  • 12:00  Depart for Parliament!
    • The ride marshals in blue vests will help you keep to the route, and don’t worry, the roads are closed to cars the whole way!
    • When you get to Parliament relax and enjoy yourself while you wait for the rest of the protest to arrive.
  • 12:45   A minute’s silence. We remember the victims of traffic violence.
  • 12:50   Mark Beaumont kicks off the speeches.
    • No politicians this year: all our speakers have one thing in common – they want a cycle-friendly and people-friendly Scotland.
    • When the speakers are finished please make some noise!
  • 13:30       Pedal on Parliament is over for another year!
    • Thank you for coming – without you there wouldn’t be a PoP!
    • Friendly and accessible group rides will be heading back to different parts of the city afterwards. Listen for announcements if you’d like to join one.

Remember – PoP doesn’t stop once you get home. Tell your MSPs and Councillors why you came to the protest and why it matters to you!

What to bring

All you really need to bring is yourself (oh and every single person you know) – you don’t even need a bike, as the ‘ride’ will be at walking pace. However, here are some suggestions of things that might help on the day.

  • Some tough questions for your political representatives. There will be politicians there you can raise any issues with directly.
  • A bell. We’ll be having a minute’s silence to remember everyone who’s died on the roads, which will then end with a mass ringing of bike bells, so make sure you have one to ring
  • A folding bike if you have one if you’re coming by train or coach. As we all know, space on trains for full-sized bikes is sadly limited. So if you’ve got a folding bike you can use – or if you can borrow a bike in Edinburgh – then please do, and leave space for someone else on the train. And remember, you don’t need a bike
  • Money for your POP t-shirt – Pedal on Parliament is a shoe string operation, and we are largely funded by t-shirt sales.
  • A placard or sign – let people know what it’s all about! Also balloons, flags, pennants, or anything else to make the day more colourful and help to celebrate cycling as well as ask for better conditions on the roads
  • Your kids (if you have some) – POP is a family-friendly event so don’t worry about bringing your family along

Please act as an ambassador for cycling on the day, and take your litter home…