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Walking given much needed attention at the Parliament

Published 03 March 2020 by Transform Scotland

This evening will see the Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Cycling, Walking and Buses at the Scottish Parliament. Transform provides the secretariat to the CPG.

The focus of the meeting will be walking. Walking is still the second most common mode of transport in Scotland yet remains a marginal consideration within the transport debate. For public health and quality of life reasons, and in order to drive reductions in climate change emissions, walking should be given priority, not be treated as an afterthought. It is positive to see the Cross-Party Group giving MSPs and other attendees the opportunity to discuss this overlooked topic.

The Cross-Party Group meeting will hear from:

  • Rona Gibb, Paths for All and Craig McLaren, chair of the National Walking Strategy Delivery Forum, Royal Town Planning Institute on ‘Getting Scotland Walking!’ (National Walking Strategy).
  • Helen Todd, The Ramblers Scotland, on walking for active travel vs walking for leisure and outdoor recreation: overlaps and differences, barriers and solutions.
  • Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland, on the Holyrood-Waverley Street Audit progress report.

For more information on the Cross-Party Group on Cycling, Walking and Buses please visit the webpage.