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Now that the draft budget has been published and we have given our evidence to the budget setting committee, it’s time to sit back and relax whilst we wait for the budget process to run its course.

Oh no it’s not!

In fact it is now more important than ever that we let all of our politicians know that the funding in the draft budget is totally inadequate. The draft budget is just a draft. That means that the budget can change significantly, but only if MSPs are determined to make it change. We certainly have some MSPs supporting our campaign and fighting for further funding, however, for the majority cycling is still off the radar.

That’s where you come in, and where we need your help. We need you to contact your MSPs.

Wait! Don’t stop reading! 

Contacting your MSP is a lot easier than you might think and definitely a lot more powerful than you might think. All it takes is for you to click here,  enter your postcode and choose to write to all your MSPs, including the regional ones. There’s a quick form to fill in with your details and you can then start writing. It doesn’t have to be an essay, it just has to be a few words, your own words, telling your MSP why you think cycling is important and why you think it needs significantly more investment (if you need a few facts and figures then there’s the excellent as ever Spokes analysis, and our own evidence to the committee). Then you click send and that’s it.

Now imagine you are an MSP. You have lots of important issues competing for your time. What do you concentrate on? You’ll concentrate on the issues you care about personally, but you are also care about what your voters think. You have to also care about the issues that their constituents care about. So if you as an MSP receive one letter about cycling, you’ll probably ignore it. However, what happens if you receive 10, 30, 50, or 100 letters? Then you’ll start to care. For every letter you have received how many other people feel the same way, but haven’t got around to writing? You realise that cycling is an important issue to your constituents and one that could win or lose you votes or re-election.

So if you care about cycling and agree with us that now is the time for the government to take action to get more people cycling and to make cycling safer, drop your MSPs a quick letter.

With your help we can make Scotland a cycling friendly nation.

We need your help