Scottish cycling target won't be hit for 350 years if current trends continue

Only 0.2 per cent increase in journeys since 2006.

Edinburgh Castle (Photo: Saffron Blaze/CC3.0)

A Scottish government target to have 10 per cent of journeys made by bike won't be hit for another 300 years if current trends continue.

Figures in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland report show that 2.2 per cent of journeys are now made by bike, and increase of only 0.2 per cent since 2006.

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There was also a decrease in cycling levels from 2.6 per cent in 2014, something that the report described as "within normal year-on-year variation.

If that trend were to continue then the 10 per cent figure would not be hit until the year 2350, a little after the current 2020 target.

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However the report did present some isolated examples of success, with the South West City Way cycle route in Glasgow raising cycling levels along the route by 70 per cent between 2014 and 2016, and a cycle path upgrade in the Shetland Islands seeing a 25 per cent increase in trips.

Despite the low overall increase, Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government Minister for Transport, said that there was "an unshakeable commitment to the 2020 vision."

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.