Highland Green MSP gets on his bike to campaign for lower speed limits

Drew Hendry MP and John Finnie MSP lead the procession of cyclists across town to the Highland Council HQ.
Drew Hendry MP and John Finnie MSP lead the procession of cyclists across town to the Highland Council HQ.

Inverness Scottish Green MSP John Finnie took to his bike in the Highland capital to highlight calls for safer streets with lower speed limits.

Mr Finnie set off from Bellfield Park as part of a nationwide Pedal For Parliament campaign, which seeks reform of speed limits in built up areas.

He is supporting Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell’s Safer Streets member’s bill, which aims to reduce the limit from 30 to 20 mph.

He said: “Momentum is growing for slower speeds to create safer streets which encourage more walking and cycling.

“The thousands of people from all walks of life expected to take part in Pedal on Parliament events are adding their voices to the broad public support that already exists for dropping the urban speed limit.

MSP Alison Johnstone, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, added: “The seventh consecutive Pedal on Parliament is a reminder that our streets are there for all of us – whether travelling on foot, by bike, by wheelchair, or mobility scooter.

“Investing in walking and cycling has to be at the core of any preventative health agenda, as we have long known that spending more time being active is key to preventing Type 2 diabetes, for example.

“None of us can be in any doubt about the need to tackle toxic air pollution and address the devastating health impacts of Scotland’s obesity epidemic.”

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