Bid to bring Tour de France leg to Capital

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A motion has been tabled in the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Government to make the most of “the Wiggins effect” and support efforts to bring the opening leg of the Tour de France to Edinburgh.

Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins is the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and his success, along with Edinburgh’s Sir Chris Hoy leading the British Olympic team, is expected to inspire people to get on their bikes.

Green MSP for Lothian, Alison Johnstone’s motion, which other MSPs are invited to support,highlights the prospect of the Tour coming to Scotland, the benefits cycling brings to health and the economy and urges ministers to commit serious funding to cycle 
infrastructure.

Ms Johnstone said: “We are witnessing the dawn of a golden age for cycling and we must do all we can to sustain it.

“No longer can cycling be viewed as a mildly eccentric hobby; it is mainstream and growing.”