The Scottish Government and sportscotland have announced the first nine projects to receive investment from the £8million Cycling Facilities Fund, including £50,256 for a new pump track at Gala Park in Denny, alongside several others in the CSGN area.
The fund will deliver a tangible benefit from the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships – Glasgow & Scotland by celebrating the unique power of the bike and all it can bring to our everyday lives. In this first round of funding, projects from the Borders to the Highlands will share £1,554,633 to develop accessible, inclusive and inspiring facilities.
With Scotland set to host the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, the ambition is for the Cycling Facilities Fund to provide accessible community and club facilities like Gala Park that inspire new and existing cyclists to make cycling a sport for life.
The facility will provide more opportunities for the local community to take part in cycling, including complete beginners. The track has also been designed to make it accessible for disability sport, and programmes to encourage more girls to take part in cycling are being developed. The pump track will be free of charge and open all year round for community use.
In August 2023, Glasgow and Scotland will host the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. This historic and innovative event bring together 13 existing World Championship cycling disciplines into one mega event for the first time.
The Championships is more than just an event and will celebrate the unique power of the bike and all it can bring to our everyday lives, whether it’s physical and mental health benefits, easing congestion on the road to help the environment, or simply making it easier for people to get around. Underpinned by four key policy drivers – participation, transport, tourism and economy – the Championships will be a catalyst for behavioural change across Scotland moving forward.