The demonstration organised by Aberdeen Cycle Forum and members last Sunday was a huge success. It’s the third such demo I’ve helped to organise and it was by far the best in terms of turnout. Aberdonians are conservative engineers who don’t protest. We go to go work, keep to ourselves, and don’t complain. However people in the hundreds supported this event which shows the level of frustration and anger felt by the cycling community in this region.
It’s shocking that not only has a new road been built without any provision for cycling, but it has messed up what little infrastructure we had. This includes affecting routes that young children were using to cycle to school and can no longer do so. It’s surprising because the government wants us to do more exercise and be less sedentary. They also say they want to create a “cycling city” but there’s a huge gulf between what they say and what they do.
We had a great deal of positive media coverage including being the leading story on STV news on Sunday night. We even got more airtime than the transport minister. The Evening Express, The Press and Journal, and the BBC were all there.
Here’s the BBC story:
Here’s a recording of the STV news piece: