An ambitious multi-million £ walking and cycling project to be created in Glenrothes has been approved by the town’s councillors.
The two-year ‘Cycle Glenrothes’ initiative, at a cost of £2.26m, aims to significantly improve existing routes in the town as well as create new pathways and provide a range of bike-friendly facilities, cycle training programmes and other related fitness and wellbeing services.
Half of the cost is to be provided by Transport Scotland through their Sustrans Community Link Programme while Fife Council will input £575,000 into the project.
Community groups are also expected to provide £462,500 to meet the overall cost, though that aspect is yet to be confirmed.
The massive improvement project ties in with Fife Council’s Fife Cycle Charter and will assist the authority in its plans to meet its national carbon reduction targets, persuading more people to cycle locally rather than use the car.
Councillor Altany Craik, Glenrothes Area Committee chairman said: “This is great news for Glenrothes, it will make a real difference to our area.
“I encourage as many people as possible to get involved with this cycling project and reap the rewards of a healthier lifestyle.”
But councillors also voiced caution, councillor Peter Grant said: “This represents a lot of public money and we must spend it correctly.
“We don’t want to deliver on what we already have and future maintenance should also be seriously considered, with the Millenium Project, maintenance has been inadequate.”
Cllr John Beare added: “We should be considering personal safety and vehicle-free routes as a priority, though the infrastructure for that could require additional future funding.”
10% of all journeys by bike by 2020
The £2.26m Cycle Glenrothes project represents nearly half of Fife Council’s anticipated funding into cycle initiatives across the Kingdom over the next two years.
32 local authorities from across Scotland made applications to the Scottish Government for a share of the £20million Transport Scotland fund which has been provided to help deliver the Government’s ambitious vision of making 10 per cent of all journeys to be by bike by 2020.
A major advertising programme will also be undertaken.