Thousands of cyclists have descended on the Scottish Parliament calling for increased funding to make cycling safer.

The Pedal on Parliament campaign wants a minimum of 5% of Scotland's transport budget to be invested in cycling.

Former world champion cyclist Graeme Obree was among the estimated 4,000 people who took part in today's awareness raising event in Edinburgh.

He led a bike ride from the Meadows down the Royal Mile alongside the families of Andrew McNicoll and Audrey Fyfe, who were both killed on the city's roads in recent years.

Mr Obree said: "We want a network from our homes to our workplaces, our shops and schools and everywhere we want to go.

"It's an investment in the health of the nation - if you can spend £800 million in one city on a tram then you can find £100 million for cycling."

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse received the campaign's eight-point manifesto at Holyrood.

It calls for more investment in cycling as well as slower speeds and and better facilities for cyclists on Scotland's roads.

Mr Wheelhouse said: "Active travel is an important part of Scotland's climate change reduction targets.

"The Scottish Government is committed to making cycling easier and have funded a mutual respect campaign for all road users and are refreshing the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland."