A further six community and club cycling projects in Scotland have received investment from the £8 million Cycling Facilities Fund, the latest wave of funding to the sum of £640,000.
The fund, created to enhance cycling infrastructure across the country and deliver a tangible benefit from the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, which will be held across Scotland next year, celebrates the unique power of the bike and all it can bring to our everyday lives.
With less than 12 months to go until the inaugural Championships, which will bring together 13 cycling disciplines for the very first time, six more fantastic projects have been successful in securing funding, which takes the total amount awarded to date to £3,696,314 across 29 projects.
The projects supported by this latest round of investment are:
- New Banchory Cycling Hub, Aberdeenshire - £100,000
- New Hallhill Pump Track, East Lothian - £50,000
- Callendar Park Cycle Hub, Falkirk - £157,930
- The Laggan Forest Trust New MTB trail, Highland - £100,000
- Arran HS MTB Club New Cycling Hub, North Ayrshire - £190,470
- Stow Pump Track, Scottish Borders - £50,000
On the projects awarded in the latest round, Nick Rennie, Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling, said:
“I’m delighted we’re able to announce the latest recipients of the Cycling Facilities Fund, which is already starting to change the cycling landscape in Scotland, by developing purpose-built cycling facilities in the places that they are both needed and will be fully utilised.
“Scottish Cycling, with the support of partners such as sportscotland, is striving to ensure we have a network of progressive, accessible, inclusive and sustainable places to ride, for people from every corner of our cycling community. From MTB trails in the Highlands to a new pump track in the borders, this fund is going a long way to helping us achieve our ambitions.”
The Minister for Public Health and Sport, Maree Todd, added:
“I am delighted that this latest round of investments from the cycling facilities fund will continue to benefit communities across Scotland from the Highlands to the Scottish Borders.
“These will inspire more people to cycle which can make a real difference to the overall physical, mental and social health. Accessible and inclusive community facilities will encourage people of all ages to enjoy the sport
“With less than a year to go to the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships this investment is a crucial part of delivering a long-lasting legacy for the Championships and will be a game-changing opportunity for cycling in Scotland.”
In total The Cycling Facilities Fund will award £8 million made possible through a £4 million commitment from Scottish Government and £4 million from sportscotland through National Lottery funds and is supported by Scottish Cycling. Additional projects are expected to be announced early in the New Year.