Climate Change spokesperson / Active Travel Inquiry

Cathy and Patrick Harvie at the launch of the Active Travel Inquiry

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is now Labour’s Scottish Parliament spokesperson on Climate Change, following a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.

Cathy said that she is looking forward to the challenge of her new role.

“Having been very involved with the Scottish Parliament’s Climate Change Bill, which has been recognised internationally for the strength of its provisions, I am now keen to ensure that the legislation translates into equally strong action by Scottish Government, local authorities and other public bodies, working with civic organisations, businesses and the people of Scotland.”

She will also continue as Deputy Convener of the Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, which has just launched an Inquiry into Active Travel.

Speaking about the Inquiry, Cathy said:

“Active travel benefits people’s health and the environment. We want to encourage more people to change their travel habits and opt for walking and cycling as main forms of transport.

“We are seeking views not just from organisations, but from anyone with an interest or involvement in walking, cycling and other form of active travel, about how they choose to travel, and what incentives would make people participate in more active travel.

“We will be looking at what progress has been made and what can be done to remove barriers and increase numbers walking and cycling. We will also consider active travel schemes operating in other countries.”

For further information, contact Cathy or visit the Scottish Parliament website http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/ticc/inquiries/ActiveTravelViews.htm

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