Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has raised the issue of social distancing for cyclists during lockdown with the Scottish Government.
Mr Crawford, a cyclist himself, has campaigned heavily to promote the uptake of cycling in the Stirling area in recent years. However, whilst lockdown restrictions have been in place, a number of people of constituents have been in touch with complaints about the behaviour of some cyclists – either using the pavements or not keeping a safe 2 meter distance.
Mr Crawford has raised the matter with Police Scotland’s Area Commander for Stirling, and has submitted questions to the Scottish Government, calling for advice on the matter.
Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:
“The last thing I want to happen is for people who have taken up cycling as a routine form of exercise to stop doing so. Not only is a hugely rewarding activity, but it has incredible health benefits attached to it – so please get on your bike and enjoy the weather.
“However, this must be done safely. I am concerned about the number of complaints that I’ve received regarding people recklessly cycling on pavements or not maintaining a safe two-meter distance.
“Daily exercise – particularly as we’re getting into the warmer weather – is incredibly important to people. This must be a safe for everyone, which is why I’ve raised the matter with Police Scotland and have put parliamentary questions to the Scottish Government for further clarity on any adbvice and guidance on this matter.”