Action Plan for Scotland: Consultation 1. Areyou responding (please tick one box) (a) As an individual ~toQ2andQ4 '(b) On behalf of a group/organisation 0 go to Q3 and Q4 I~! IVIDUALS 2+. Do you agree to your response .being made available to the public in the Scottish I Government library and/or on the Scottish Govemment website? Yes (go to 2b below) W No, not at all o we will treat your response as confidential Where confidentia1ity is not requested, we will make your response available to the public on the foUowing basis (please tick: one of the following boxes) Yes, make my response, name and address available o I 1 Yes, make my response available, but not my name and address o Yes, make my response and name available, but not my address [g/ I o BEHALF OF GROUPS OR ORGANISATiONS: 3. The name and address of your organisation will be made available to the pubtic (in the Scottish Government library and/or on the Scottish Govemment website). Are you also content for your response to be made available? Yes o No o We will treat your response 8S confidential 5 G RESPONSESIFUTURE ENGAGEMENT 1 4. We will share your response internally with other Scottish Government policy I teams who may be addressing the issues you discuss. They may wish to contact you I again in the future, but we require your permission to do so. Are you content for the Scottish Government to contact you again in the future in relation to this consultation response? Yes I: No 0 EQJ L OPPORTUNITIES QuesnoNNAIRE This qual Opportunities Questionnaire is requested in order that the Scottish Government can build an ace te picture of the make-up and diversity of the people that our Cycling Action Plan for Scotland ( CAPS) will i pact on, and to ensure that the in which we carry put our consultations is inclusive and not unwittingly disc' inatory. If you have responded to this consultation as an individual, it would be helpful if you could http· www.scotland.gov.uklPublications/2009/05/28093408f8 13/06/2009 Cycling Action Plan for Scotland - response Planning and design Q1. There are several good ideas in this section. I particularly support the idea of Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists. These should always be in a strikingly different colour - Le. the red that is used for ASLs in some parts of Edinburgh. And for the avoidance of doubt, they all need to have a big bicycle image painted inside them! I don't think the importance of ASLs can be overestimated. They are a highly visible sign to all road users that cyclists take priority, and as such they encourage cycling. But they do need to be prominent, which means taking the time, effort and money to surface them in a different colour. Q2. On the subject of money: more needs to be devoted to cycling, if the ideas in this and other sections are to come to fruition effectively! The consultation document tells its own story: the Association of Public Health Directors calls for 10% of transport budgets to be devoted to cycling; the actual proportion in Scotland currently is less than 1%. There is no point in trying to draw comparisons with models in Netherlands and other Scandinavian countries, if the political will to invest is lacking. Day to day cycling Q3. Yes - even as an already keen cyclist I would be encouraged to cycle more if more local facilities were available. There are times when the prospect of taking certain journeys through peak traffic on bike is just too daunting. Again, making decent facilities available is going to demand greatly enhanced funding from transport budgets. Encouragement and incentives Q7. Yes. Although I own a bicycle, there are situations when it would be more convenient to use a public bike hire scheme, if it were sufficiently resourced and widespread to be useful. Legal powers Q9. As a cyclist, I do not favour liability laws being changed in favour of cyclists. I think this might encourage flouting of the road laws by some cyclists, which is already a problem. Protection needs to be concentrated on providing cycle lanes, advanced stop lines, etc. and changing the culture so that cycling is accepted as a norm. Q10. I do not believe cyclists should pay road tax. This would be hugely counter-productive and discourage cycling. In any case cycling does not damage roads or demand large-scale capital building in the same way that car use does. The argument that cyclists do not deserve facilities because they pay no road tax is used only by car drivers with an implacable hostility to cycling. Funding for cycling provision needs to be an integral part of transport budgets.