Friday May 12th 2017
As previously reported the Gorebridge Community Trust are petitioning the Scottish Parliament to do more to encourage cycling and to ensure that cycling is at the centre of new infrastrcuture such as the Sheriffhall roundabout improvements.
As part of this campaign Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale raised a question at general questions in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.
Here is the exchange with the transport minister, Humza Yousaf:
Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale) (SNP):
“With reference to the proposals to improve the Sheriffhall roundabout, will there be provision to allow cyclists to traverse that roundabout safely? Many cyclists from my constituency travel using the A7 into Edinburgh. At the moment, anyone on a bike takes their life in their hands trying to go round the Sheriffhall roundabout.”
“Yes. Suitable provision for all users, including cyclists, is an important part of the proposed improvements to Sheriffhall roundabout. That will be developed in further detail as we progress with assessment of the preferred option in consultation with local interest groups. The issue has been raised by many organisations representing the cycling lobby, and it is one to which we are giving careful consideration.”
The Gorebridge Community Trust are handing their petition to Parliamnet on Wednesday 24th May, so if you have not already signed it then you can sign the petition HERE.
You can see the exchange in Parliament here