Scotland’s first cycle circuit opens in Fife!

Scotland’s first cycle circuit has opened in Fife.

 

Fife Cycle Park was opened earlier today (Wednesday) by record breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman.

 

Funded by Fife Council, sportscotland and the Scottish Government, the purpose built cycle park is set to put central Fife at the forefront of Scottish cycling and further bolster the Kingdom’s position as the number one destination in Scotland for outdoor activities.

 

Fife Cycle Park is an outdoor floodlit cycle facility that allows for a full range of cycling activities to take place in a traffic free environment all year round. It’s 1.6km in length but offers various circuit layout options within this. Customers are able to choose from a variety of circuit configurations and several groups or sessions can use the facility at the same time.

 

Provost of Fife Jim Leishman said: “Fife Cycle Park is already attracting the attention of regional and national events but it truly will be a facility for all ages and abilities. The Cycle Park team are developing a very inclusive programme which will offer opportunities for everyone to have the chance to be physically active on a bike.

 

“It’s great to see the reaction of everyone here today who has had the opportunity to try the circuit out, from cycling royalty like Mark Beaumont to local youngsters who are just beginning to develop their skills. Learning to ride a bike is an important life skill and this will be an invaluable facility in helping to break down inequalities and the barriers people face in trying out or returning to cycling.”

 

Mark Beaumont added: “I’ve really enjoyed opening the Fife Cycle Park today.  This is a first for Scotland and a wonderful facility available to everyone, not just skilled cyclists. I believe it will encourage people of all abilities to get on their bikes and have fun.”

A funding contribution of £300,000 of National Lottery investment was made from sportscotland and £300,000 from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

 

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland said: “At sportscotland we work with our partners to deliver facilities that encourage participation and progression at all levels, from schools and communities to performance sport and that’s exactly what Fife Council has delivered here.

 

“Fife Cycle Park will be a real asset to the local community and will also play an important role in developing the sport of cycling.  That’s why we were delighted to be involved in the planning and development of the cycle park and to invest £300,000 of National Lottery funding in this ambitious project.  Congratulations to everyone involved.”

 

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing said: “I am pleased that this fantastic unique facility is now open. It will encourage more local people to cycle and be active and also create training and employment opportunities which will bring in more visitors to the area. In addition, The Clubhouse, supported by the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, will provide high quality meeting and social space for the community, who can be very proud of this new addition to the area. I wish the community many successful events at their new centre.”

 

A dedicated skills loop has also been created by contractor The Purvis Group and gifted to the park. The ‘Robert Purvis Play Zone’ is a specially designed mini road consisting of three intertwined loops for young children to play on. It is ideally suited for balance bikes, first stages learning to ride a pedal bike and scooters.

 

Bob Purvis said: “I have always believed you must provide the right environment for young people to acquire skills and enable them to flourish in the workplace and in life.  The Purvis Group of Companies rely heavily on investing in young people to facilitate our future growth. I’m especially proud of the success of Realm Construction’s award winning apprenticeship programme. These young people are from the local area and have contributed greatly to the achievements of the group.

 

“We saw the donation of the play zone as an extension of our core values – where young people can safely learn great habits that will last a lifetime benefitting health and wellbeing within our community.”

 

 

 

Celebrate the opening of Fife Cycle Park with us!

 

Locals will be given the opportunity to try out Fife Cycle Park on the facility’s opening day, later this month.

 

As part of a wider programme of community events that is being planned, local people are welcome to come along and cycle the circuit on Wednesday 23 May at a free drop in event running from 3pm until 7pm.

 

There’s no need to book, you’ll be given a time slot when you arrive. A limited number of bikes and helmets will be available but attendees are encouraged to bring their own!

 

If you can’t make it on opening day, a follow up community drop-in session will also be running on Thursday 24th May, between 4pm and 8pm.

 

Convener of Cowdenbeath Area Committee, Cllr Linda Erskine said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to try out this fantastic new facility. As well as putting Lochgelly at the forefront of Scottish cycling, Fife Cycle Park will be very much a community facility that is set to welcome people of all ages and abilities. I urge locals to take advantage of these free community drop-in sessions and help us to celebrate Scotland’s first cycle circuit being on our doorstep.”

 

Fife Cycle Park secured funding contributions from sportscotland and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

 

Please note:

  • You don’t need to be a pro;  Fife Cycle Park is for everyone, regardless of age and ability
  • Helmets are a must for accessing the circuit!
  • Attendees will be allocated 15 minute slots, depending on availability
  • Parking is available on site with additional parking available at Lochgelly High School from 4pm

Opening date revealed for Scotland’s first cycle circuit

Fife Cycle Park, the first purpose built cycle circuit in Scotland, will be officially opened at a special event next month.

Record breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont will do the honours alongside Provost of Fife Jim Leishman on Wednesday 23rd May.

The 1.6km outdoor circuit, which has been built on land between Lochgelly High School and Lochore Meadows Country Park, will offer cycling opportunities in a traffic free environment to people of all ages and abilities. The facility will also ensure clubs, groups and events have a top class facility to develop riders and run a wide range of community activities.

Speaking ahead of the opening event, Mark Beaumont said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be helping open this fantastic cycling facility in Fife. The Fife Cycle Park is the first of its kind in Scotland and will undoubtedly open up opportunities for the community at large to get on their bikes in a safe and encouraging environment.”

Cllr Judy Hamilton, Convener of the Community and Housing Services Committee added: “Fife Cycle Park has already gained national attention and is set to put central Fife at the forefront of Scottish cycling. Crucially though, many of the programmes that will be developed in the coming months will ensure that there is something to suit the many people who are unable to access or return to cycling.

“This will be a safe outdoor space for people to access and there will be a focus on tackling the health inequalities that exist in the local area. Encouraging people to get and stay active is an important preventative measure that contributes towards long-term health benefits.”

At the opening event Mark Beaumont will cycle the circuit and meet with guests, including members of the local community, who will also have the chance to cycle the circuit too. A programme will be developed over the coming months and the facility’s initial timetable will be revealed soon so that people, clubs and groups can see when they can access it and what sessions will be on offer to them.

Fife Cycle Park secured funding contributions from sportscotland and the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.