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Johnstone slams Scot Gov on air quality

21 May, 2019 - 00:00

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has slammed the Scottish Government for its failure to invest adequately in walking and cycling following reports that air pollution is responsible for the rise in childhood cancers.

 

The Scottish Government has a target for 10% of everyday journeys to take place by bike by 2020, however currently only 3% of commuter journeys and less than 1% of journeys to school are made by bike. [1]

 

Ms Johnstone raised the matter with the Environment Secretary at Topical Questions this afternoon (21 May).

 

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

 

“The Scottish Government has failed on its own terms. It has a target of 10% of everyday journeys by bike by 2020, but the actual figure is somewhere around 3%. There is now no chance of it meeting this target on time. Ministers must tell us what measures they will take to increase the number of journeys made by walking and cycling urgently, and, given they have failed miserably to reach this target; they must tell us when they will do this.”

 

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[1] https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.transport.gov.scot%2Fmedia%2F44207%2Fsct01193326941.pdf&data=01%7C01%7CRichard.Doherty%40parliament.scot%7Ca8abe6ab68434bf15f7208d6ddf684bd%7Cd603c99ccfdd4292926800db0d0cf081%7C1&sdata=frUlTZVj2N06zIXIMPHJinvKxyh4Hb1A%2FeNR0fB1s1E%3D&reserved=0