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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pedal on Parliament


Thousands pedalled on Holyrood!


April 28th: Over 3,000 gathered at the Meadows for the biggest cycle protest ever seen in Scotland!

Pedal on Parliament: That's Mr Beaumont to you
Cyclists as far as the eye can see – just a ‘wee protest’ then? Led out by Ian McNicoll and Mark Beaumont. (Credit: Photo © Richard Cross
Pedal on Parliament took place on Saturday 28th April in a day that combined sombre moments with an air of celebration. After a minute’s silence, observed by the crowd of more than 2,500 strong according to Lothian and Borders Police, a mass ringing of bike bells, horns and cheers marked the start of the ride from the Meadows to Holyrood. The ride passed without incident, with the police closing a number of junctions temporarily to keep the ride together in a safe manner. The ride was notable for the large number of families and children among the throng, including kids on balance bikes, with stabilisers, in child seats, tagalongs and pedalling under their own steam.
We think there may have been a lot more than 3,000 cyclists there but we are happy with the police estimate of 2,500 – 3,000.What we know is that cyclists en masse took up the whole of both George IV Bridge and High Street – as far as the eye could see.

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