The Aberdeen Cycle Forum is organising a mass bike ride on Sunday 28th April at 11am, starting from Marischal College. This is part of Scotland’s Pedal on Parliament 2019 but this year is a little bit different because the usual Edinburgh ride which attracts thousands of people is not happening. Instead the focus is on local rides and for us that means Aberdeen.
Aberdeen is falling behind other cities when it comes to cycling infrastructure. The roads here are polluted, choked with cars, and protected cycle paths are non-existent in the city centre. The government provides funding for local authorities to invest in safe infrastructure for cycling but it’s up to the local authority to apply for it. Last year, out of every city in Scotland, Aberdeen was the only one not to apply. How do we convince the local authority to apply for funding for cycling infrastructure? By organising mass protests and rides which is exactly what this is.
Everyone is welcome to join us next Sunday the 28th April for a city circuit ride. We’re starting from Marischal College at 11am and cycling laps around the city centre going down Upperkirkgate > Rosemount Viaduct > Union Terrace > Union Street > Broad Street and back to Marischal College. We’ll be cycling the circuit over and over again for an hour but people are free to do as few or as many laps as they like and can go as fast or as slow as they like. Pedestrians are also welcome to join the circuit.