Derek Mackay’s Cuckoo Logic

On 13th January 2016, BBC Scotland broadcast a documentary titled “Car Sick”. In it, Derek Mackay MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Transport was interviewed:

BBC: “How much are we spending now?”

Mackay: “In terms of Active Transport it’s a record level of £39m. That’s the highest ever investment in Active Travel.”

BBC: “1.9% of your budget. Is that right?”

Mackay: “It’s still £39m. It’s still at a record level…”

To understand why this is an issue, we need to know the Scottish government’s stated goals…

The 10% Target

In 2010, the Scottish government set a target of having 10% of journeys made by bicycle by 2020.