For Bike Week: 4 things we will do to boost walking and cycling

John Finnie MSP Fri 15 Jun, 2018

To mark National Bike Week 2018, here’s a round-up of Scottish Greens policies to promote cycling and demonstrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling. Did you know that 51% of people in Glasgow don’t have access to a car?

1. Funding for active travel

Harvie: SNP prioritising Heathrow ahead of public transport

Thu 14 Jun, 2018

Scottish ministers have admitted they are relying on, and are content with, the environmental impact assessments carried out by the UK government on building a third runway at Heathrow.

The admission came from Keith Brown at Holyrood today after being questioned by Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener. Harvie says it’s strange for the SNP, who regularly claim Westminster is out of touch, to be in complete agreement with the Tories on aviation policy.

6 things the Transport Bill could deliver

John Finnie MSP Thu 14 Jun, 2018

With a new Transport Bill presented to the Scottish Parliament for scrutiny, here are six ways we think it could help all of us in our daily lives.

 

1. Better buses

Three-quarters of all public transport journeys in Scotland are made by bus yet many routes face cuts, local fares are rising and service standards are slipping. Buses are vital transport for many of us to get to school or college, to get to work or hospital and to meet friends. We believe this Transport Bill must reflect the importance of buses to many people’s daily lives.

Constitutional crisis increases urgency of giving people of Scotland control of their own future

Thu 14 Jun, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (14 June) used First Minister's Questions to urge Nicola Sturgeon to take inspiration from progressive governments around the world to grow support for independence amid a constitutional crisis caused by Tory recklessness and Labour indifference.

Harvie puts forward Green alternative to SNP’s growth commission report on independence

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

Independence will provide Scotland with the opportunity to match the “progressive economic, social and environmental policies” of successful similarly-sized countries, contrasting with the decline of post-Brexit Britain, say the Scottish Greens.

However, Patrick Harvie also used the finance and constitution debate at Holyrood to warn that “growth economics”, which he says dominates the economic analysis in the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission report, is not sustainable in a “finite world” with a “fragile ecosystem already under extreme pressure”.

Government pledge on mental health being delivered too slowly, warns Johnstone

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

A government pledge to put in place an extra 800 mental health workers is being delivered too slowly, warned Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone in today’s (13 June) Holyrood debate on mental health.

Alison said:

Rise in pedestrians killed on urban roads shows need for safer streets legislation

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

Figures showing a rise in the number of pedestrians killed on urban roads underline the need for action on safer streets, according to Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose member's bill aims to lower urban speed limits from 30 to 20mph.

In 2017 there were 26 pedestrians killed on built-up roads in Scotland, up from 23 in 2016.

There was also a 12 per cent increase in serious injuries to cyclists on built-up roads - an 18 per cent increase on the 04-08 average.

Ministers must change their approach to FOI to restore public confidence

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (13 June) urged Scottish Ministers to act swiftly after an investigation by the Information Commissioner found that ministers' handling of Freedom of Information requests is "inconsistent" and "not clear" about the role of political special advisers, and ministers take longer to respond to journalists than to other requests. 

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman said:

Ministers urged to begin detailed mapping of travellers’ sites

Tue 12 Jun, 2018

The mapping of stopping-off places will go a long way in improving the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Travellers, a Green MSP has told government ministers at Holyrood.

Speaking in a government debate, John Finnie, the Green MSP for Highlands and Islands, says Scottish ministers should carry out mapping of traditional stopping off places, a move that will help prevent Gypsy/Travellers from feeling “ostracised from our cities, towns and villages”.

Mr Finnie, a champion of Gypsy/Travellers’ rights since being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, said:

Action needed from government to reverse worrying trend of more cars on our roads, driving an increase in transport emissions

Tue 12 Jun, 2018

SNP Ministers "cannot be serious" if they think they are showing international leadership on climate change in light of the latest greenhouse gas emissions figures, according to Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP.