Now that Pedal on Parliament Inverness is definitely happening (see this story in the Scotsman), we've looked at what we'd like to spend in all four cities to make PoP as successful as possible. As well as multiplying the numbers of our flyers and wee hand flags by a third, we've discovered that hiring sound systems for our rallies outside Holyrood in Edinburgh and City Chambers in Glasgow - and getting even a wee stage up in Glasgow's George Square - is going to be dearer than we'd hoped. We'd also like to get many more posters up in all four of our cities to let as many people as possible know about what we're doing. With all this in mind, we'd like to raise another £2000 giving us a stretch target of £5000.
Thanks to all who have pledged so far, we've already started on the way to meeting that new target. If everyone who's already given persuaded just two friends each to put in a tenner, we'd be there! To help entice you into giving us your money, here's what the hoodies will have on their front:
We're also going to offer a new reward - since we unveiled our poster design yesterday, lots of people have asked about getting one to hang on their wall (Andy and Derek's hard work creating the images has clearly been successful!) We aim to please, so you can now choose to have an A2 giclée print on 215g acid free paper of this wonderful poster, when you pledge just £25.
And that's not all - Bike Gob was feeling slightly unloved, so you can now feature in the Bike Gob PoP extravanganza infomercial video for just £20, reduced from the previous level of £75! Thank you Bike Gob!
We know that what we are doing is effective - our campaigners Dave, David and Sally met the Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, last week and now he's planning to be at #POP2017! We've seen local parties in Edinburgh and Glasgow pledge to spend 10% of their cities' transport budgets on cycling and walking - that's one of our PoP manifesto asks - and the pressure is on other parties to match or better that. The thousands of us that will be turning out to ride in Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh will be reminding our politicians that we walk, we cycle and we vote, and that we want the streets where we live, work, shop and play to be safe, clean, accessible and friendly.
So please, do what you can, by pledging, sharing and persuading, to help us get to our new target and make all four Pedal on Parliament protests this year the biggest and most effective that they can be. Let's make Scotland a cycle-friendly country!