Dundee Cycling Report Card - Some Good Progress But We Must Try Harder  

Laurie Bidwell

18 November 2013

   

A recent national report on Cycling in Scotland has awarded the City Council an average score of two and a half stars from five. Their summary report card is pictured.

The Council's performance is rated as slightly stronger on 'Planning' and 'Monitoring' and relatively weaker on 'Action'.

In fact the two star rating for 'Action' is the Council's lowest score.

The 1% modal share for cycling shows by implication that there is an enormous gulf between this performance and the target from the Scottish Government of 10% of short journeys by bike by 2010 to help meet carbon reduction targets.

Also significant and particularly disappointing are the very low scores of children cycling to school and those undertaking a Bikeabilty Scotland course.

We can't anticipate a significant future lift in cycling in our city if only two or three of our Primary Schools undertake this award.

The Bikeability Scotland is the replacement for the Cycling Proficiency Test.

 
More encouraging is the score for 'Households with Access to A Bicycle' at 23%.

This shows that there are plenty of households with a bike who, with the right infrastructure and support, might be encouraged to get back on the saddle and ride their bikes rather than take short journeys in their cars.

That would be good for the environment and personal health.

I will be raising the issues raised in this report with the Head of a Transportation and the Director of Education.