HUNDREDS of cyclists took part in a demonstration in Edinburgh calling on candidates in next week's local elections to make the roads safer.

The protest follows the deaths of two cyclists in the capital this year.

Organiser Pedal on Parliament says the campaign has already received support from high-profile figures such as Sir Chris Hoy and Mark Beaumont.

The cyclists involved in yesterday's event made their way from the Meadows to the Scottish Parliament.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said that he backed calls to make Scotland a "cycle-friendly nation".