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Published on Mar 3, 2015
Pedal on Parliament (http://pedalonparliament.org/), a grass roots campaign for safer roads for all, looks at why Katie and her family cycle and how investment can make our roads safe for Katie, her family and everyone else.
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Katie Cycles to School was made possible by the Grassroots Action Support fund.
Katie cycles to school. Katie loves cycling to school. Some of her friends do it too.
Katie's mum bought a bike, too, to take Katie's brother to nursery. Katie's mum was surprised it was actually quicker on the bike. Now, when she doesn't have to go to work, she has time to stop into town and meet her friends. On her way home, she pops into the shops.
Katie's dad was told by his doctor to lose some weight, so he cycles too. And at the weekend, they all go out together.
Katie cycles to school though she can only do it because her town built a cycle path very close to the school. Before that, she would have to ride in the road or on the pavement. It was just easier to go in the car.
Katie's mum can only cycle into town because traffic is gone from the high street. Before, it was clogged with cars. It was just easier to go to the supermarket.
Katie's dad only started cycling to work because they built a cycle track on the road on his office. Whatever the doctor said, he didn't like having to deal with all the traffic before. He just wanted to get back safely to his family.
We believe making it safe for Katie and her friends to cycle to school, Katie's mum to cycle to the shops, and Katie's dad to cycle to work makes it better for everyone. Including people who don't even cycle, like shopkeepers, pedestrians, and even other car drivers.
So that's why we pedalled on parliament - If more kids like Katie are to cycle to school, we need safe space for cycling. If more people are to shop in the local town centre, we need roads where cars don't dominate. If more people were to cycle to work, we need roads designed with cycling in mind.
This takes investment, but it is investment will pay back tenfold. If we do this then Scotland's people will be healthier, our towns will be wealthier, our roads will quieter, our air will be cleaner, and our children will do better in school.But, more importantly, we will all be happier.
So join us, for Katie, for everyone - Pedal on Parliament.