I may have let the cat out of the bag in a recent post. I said 'Edinburgh's a pretty decent place to cycle'. And I actually do believe that. But you probably wouldn't know it from my usual moaning.
It could easily be so much better. and that would be better for the city too.
Equally important, we are really lucky to have elected politicians and council officials who care deeply about making the city accessible.
We have a council leader who cycles, and gives priority to environmental and justice issues . We have a transport convenor with real commitment to public transport, and desire to take pedestrian issues seriously. We have had a series of young, dynamic and energetic deputy convenors/cycling supremos who have thrown themselves into their jobs . We even have talented and committed council officials, who - amazingly - now have the budget to make some big changes.
So, when I moan, it's because there is so much potential. and it hurts to see it wasted..
I'll plead 'not guilty' to the charge of pessimism, and 'guilty' to the charge of being overly optimistic.