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Thousands of cyclists demand better conditions

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Cyclists demand improved funding and infrastructure

The annual Pedal on Parliament event saw thousands of cyclists flock to Edinburgh's Meadows area to protest against poor cycling conditions and demand better facilities.

Campaigners turned out in their thousands, highlighting the increasing popularity of cycling in Scotland.

We know we can build a future for cycling in this country for our children and our children's children

The two-wheeled protest, saw individauls and families cycle from the Meadows on a route that took them down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament, where speeches were made.

Now in its third year, the event attracts cyclists from all over Scotland and beyond.

The Pedal on Parliament group has an eight-point manifesto asking for cycling to be integrated into local transport strategies and improved road traffic law and enforcement.

Organiser David Brennan said: "It's been a lot of work putting this all together but it will be worth it if my kids can have the freedom to ride their bikes growing up.

"We'd like to see organisations across Scotland and the government working together to create a proper road map for safer cycling and walking – not just a vague vision or an educational initiative to teach children how to ride in traffic.

"In this year that Scotland decides its future, whatever the outcome of September's vote, we know we can build a future for cycling in this country for our children and our children's children."

The event followed a recent announcemnt from Transport Minister Keith Brown of an additional £4.5m for cycling education projects.

Watch TFN's video of last year's Pedal on Parliament event.