Council denies bid to have 50% cycling to work

The council has denied it has a target of getting 50% of people to cycle to work.  Picture: Toby Williams
The council has denied it has a target of getting 50% of people to cycle to work. Picture: Toby Williams
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EDINBURGH City Council has denied claims by cycle group Sustrans that it aims to have 50 per cent of people cycle to work.

The cycle development organisation announced a joint initiative with the council “to boost the love of cycling in the city to Copenhagen levels”, where over half of workers cycle to work.

However, council sources said achieving that goal would require major and costly improvements – and said the authority was sticking to a far more modest target.

But Sustrans is to go ahead with a “citizens’ survey”, inspired by the Danish capital, to see what residents think about cycling and highlight potential improvements.

Over seven per cent of Edinburgh residents cycle to work, one of the highest rates in Scotland. The council aims to increase this to 15 per cent by 2020.