Since about May last year, we’ve been asked when the next Pedal on Parliament is going to happen – and we can finally announce that it will be on Saturday 26th April, gathering at the Meadows at 11:30 for a moment of silence at 12 noon before riding down to Parliament. Not only that, but we’ve got a fantastic new poster design from Andy Arthur that brilliantly captures the spirit of the last PoP when above all it was the families on the ride that made the day. We said last year that ‘we are everyone’ – from the roadie in lycra to the kid in the back of the car who wishes they could cycle to school, and the turnout on the day showed that we were right – from club racers to balance bikes, hand cycles to cargo bikes, people on foot, and people on scooters, the variety of our supporters was amazing.
This is the year when Scotland decides its future, but whatever the outcome of September’s referendum we already know the kind of Scotland we want to see: a Scotland where everyone who wants to can cycle, young or old, free from fear. And we want everyone who can to turn out – on bike or on foot – on the 26th of April to help us make that future a reality.
We will need your help. We need you to get involved, spread the word, put up flyers and posters, organise feeder rides. We need people right around Scotland to help act as regional organisers, bringing groups down from across the country and spreading the word in their local community. And we need donations too – PoP is a shoestring operation, run entirely on volunteer efforts, but even shoestrings cost money. A small donation via our shiny new Paypal button could help keep our website up and running or print flyers and leaflets to spread the word.
But above all, we need you, your family, and everyone you know to turn up on the day and tell our government loud and clear that we want Scotland to be a cycle-friendly country.
See you there!