With the declaration by Nicola Sturgeon of a “climate emergency” we were given the opportunity by The Scotsman newspaper to outline in an opinion platform piece, “How Cycling can transform Scotland’s cities”. We explain why sustainable transport must be understood as critical in any strategy for Scotland to go “further and faster” in tackling climate change. The Scottish Government has said it must achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Although Scotland has been innovative in carbon reduction, transport remains an Achilles heel. Sustained and strong political leadership in delivering nothing less than transformational change is required.
Adrian Davis is professor of transport and health at the Transport Research Institute (TRI), Edinburgh Napier University and Professor Chris Oliver is known as the Cycling Surgeon and is an associate research fellow at TRI