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Thousands cycle to Scottish parliament calling for bicycle safe roads

Several cyclists on Saturday pedaled to the Scottish Parliament demanding safer cycling on the roads across the country.

Politicians and marchers also joined the cyclists for the event in Edinburgh, organised by the Pedal On Parliament group, which is campaigning for more investment in cycling and lower speed limits in areas used by cyclists.

Outside Holyrood, speeches were delivered by several people, including 11-year-old Kyle Thomas, who said: "I believe cycling is the future for Scotland. Cycling down the high street I thought to myself that this is how cycling should be, there wasn't a single car on the road but lots of cyclists as it should be."

Lynne McNicoll, stepmother of Mr McNicoll, said: "I was at the first Pedal On Parliament and to see so many more people attending today is just fantastic.

"The children have said it all for us - but I'm here because I don't want anyone else to feel the way we feel every day since Andrew was killed on his bike."

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "We have to educate our children if we're to make the network safe for children and their parents. We're unapologetic about investing in education but it's not the only thing to be done - we're investing in safer routes to schools."

The group has prepared an eight-point manifesto asking the government to include cycling into local transport strategies and come up with new traffic law.

The event 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."