New BMX bike track on the cards

A BMX facility is to be created in Lochore Meadows Country Park
A BMX facility is to be created in Lochore Meadows Country Park
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A BMX bike track is to be set up for young people in and around the Cowdenbeath area.

The dedicated facility will be free to use and situated within Lochore Meadows Country Park.

Members of Fife’s Cowdenbeath area committee on 29 February approved £5000 from Fife Community Safety Partnership’s Local Community Safety Fund towards the redevelopment of land at the park to encourage more young people to use BMX bikes safely and responsibly.

Project leader from Fife Council, Mary Brogan, said: “Lochore Meadows has so much to offer, including cycling routes, but our local cycling club currently doesn’t have a way of reaching those young people who ride BMX bikes. A dedicated facility will help to encourage young people to ride their BMX bikes within the park free of charge, rather than on the streets.”

The project will be supported by local staff from Fife Council Outdoor Education and community policing teams, to promote the facility and carry out ongoing work with the young people involved depending on their preferred interests.

Chair of Cowdenbeath area committee, Cllr Willie Clarke, said: “We are pleased to approve this bid for funding, which builds on the positive work already being done at Lochore Meadows by local community safety partners. The new track will improve safety for cyclists and reduce antisocial use of BMX bikes on the streets, and will hopefully attract more visitors to the park and all the activities the Meedies has to offer.”