Fife Council has received £5 million to invest in cycling

The money is to be spent on encouraging people to cycle, and to build a closed circuit for races and club use

Scotland could be set for its first closed-road cycling circuit if plans are approved.

Fife Council has received just shy of £5 million in funding to spend on cycling-related projects and one of the plans is to spend a £1 million on a circuit on council land.

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As well as being available for use by local clubs and to hold events on, the circuit would support grassroots cycling. “The proposed circuit at Lochgelly would be a multi-use facility,” Cllr Mark Hood, executive committee member of Fife Council, said.

“If approved, it would allow us to deliver a wide range of cycle activities. This would include toddlers on balance bikes, older people returning to cycling, cycle skills and confidence builders.

The proposals were heard by 100 people at a recent meeting and the public learned that expanding cycling routes in and around Glenrothes and Dunfermline was also a priority.

Councillors are supporting the plans, with Cllr Hood adding: “We now have a cycling framework in place that will allow us to ensure the ongoing development of cycling in Fife.

“We will maximise resources, expertise and knowledge to deliver on this. I hope that it will put us firmly on the map in terms of delivering top quality cycling experiences for Fifers of all cycling disciplines.”

Kirsteen Torrance, the council’s cycling development officer, was also enthusiastic: “We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for all aspects of cycling and now have a framework that will help us to develop new, innovate and cost effective initiatives to get more people on bikes and help those on bikes to go further.”

Source: Fife Today