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Cycling body goes Dutch for help

DUTCH cycling experts are being drafted in to help re-design road junctions in Scotland as part of a strategy to get 10% of all journeys made by bike by 2020.

Their involvement comes as Cycling Scotland, the charity in charge of delivering the Scottish Government Cycling Action Plan, warns in a report not enough money is being provided to achieve the planned shift to two wheels.

A team from the Netherlands has worked with eight members of Glasgow City Council's transport team to look at how junctions at Great Western Road and Tradeston could be made more cycle-friendly.

The results are thought to involve putting physical barriers between bikes and other traffic.

One-quarter of journeys in the Netherlands are made by bike – one of the highest rates in Europe.

However, in an update on the plan published today, Cycling Scotland warns the target of achieving 10% of journeys by bike will not be achieved unless funding levels are increased.

In the Netherlands, around £25 per head of population is spent on cycling measures whereas in Scotland the figure is closer to £4 per person.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: "We have achieved much, but recognise there is still much to do, so we welcome Cycling Scotland's report."

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