Consultation Digest (National) Issue 12, 8 April 2022: The one before the local elections.

Low angle looking north on Victoria Road, Glasgow showing bike symbol painted on South City Way cycletrack

There’s less than a month until the local elections on 5 May and lots of ways to get involved. Call on your candidates and on politicians to support action for cycling – there’s a special roundup of election actions you can take at the end of this digest.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 11, 25 Feb 2022: The one with the STPR2 response guide.

Cyclists entering Kelvin Way cycle lanes

We have certainly been well battered by storms this month and I guess it’s curtailed a few planned rides. As well as a windy month it’s also been a very busy time for both policy consultations and local elections planning ahead of the 5 May polls.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 9, 10 Dec 2021: The one after the Budget

We are a few month’s into the current parliamentary term and here come the consultations on government policy. I expect quite a few over the coming months. The 4th National Planning Framework is the main focus of this digest with two live consultations – from the Government and from a Parliamentary Committee.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 8, 29 October 2021: The one before COP26

There are no official consultations of relevance at present so this digest is different to usual. Instead this month there’s information on how you can raise your voice for the climate and cycling during COP26, and a look at the new Cycling by Design guidance.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 7, 10 September 2021: New term and new Active Travel Minister

I’m sure by now you will have heard that Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie has been appointed as the new Active Travel Minister in the Scottish Government – congratulations to Patrick. The new role was created after a deal was reached between the Scottish Greens and SNP on a form of power-sharing in Government. The agreement included a raft of measures which will benefit people who want to cycle including a commitment to boost funding for active travel to £320m by 2024/25, which is 10% of the transport budget.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 6, 11 June 2021: Proposals could make it easier to trial cycling infrastructure

We’ve had a break from national consultations during April and May because the usual bubbling spring of consultations dries up during an election. The new Government is now consulting on Traffic Regulation Orders and this could result in regulatory changes making it easier for Local Authorities to trial changes, such as installing new cycle lanes or experimenting with reduced speed limits.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 5, 12 March 2021: Transport projects for a low-carbon Scotland

There must be an election coming! One of the signs is the reduction in the number of new consultations from the Scottish Government as it wraps up its work programme for this current Parliament. However, before Parliament dissolves and Government goes into purdah there is a petition to sign asking parties to support cycling, and the Strategic Transport Project Review consultation to respond to.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 4, 12 February 2021: Transport projects going green

For me, lockdown 2.0 has seen the return of home schooling and child care, and a need for brutal prioritisation of my time. As a result, whilst this digest includes lots of consultations for you to dig into I haven’t been able to provide much of a guide to each this month. Apologies for that.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 3, 8 January 2021: Scottish Government sets target to get people out of their cars.

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a relaxing festive period. I’ve been well and truly thrown back into work this week reading and digesting the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan update. It feels like the policy equivalent of Christmas dinner. Unfortunately, there’s not time for a snooze in front of the TV – the Parliamentary Committee scrutinising the transport policy section needs comments by Tuesday 12 January.

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