A NEW initiative in the Lomonds is encouraging people to get on their bikes.
Falkland and the Lomonds Cycling Project aims to increase the pedal power of the area.
The scheme is being funded by the Cycling Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund administered by Cycling Scotland.
n Cyclestarts — A series of short, guided rides to encourage people to give cycling a go.
n Commuter challenge — Folding Brompton cycles will be made available to help people get to work using bikes and public transport.
n Bikeability — Schools in Falkland, Freuchie, Auchtermuchty, Strathmiglo and Gateside will be approached about this cycling training scheme for pupils.
n Cycling map — A cycling map of the area will be produced and will be made available to residents and visitors.
The project will also have a presence at the Big Tent festival and local street fairs to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling, while talks will be given to local interest groups.
Stuart Knowles, a keen cyclist and a member of the Falkland and Lomonds Transition Group, is leading the initiative with support from the Falkland Centre for Stewardship.
Mr Knowles said: “We are so pleased to have been given the funding from the Cycling Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund.
“There is a really strong community of cyclists in the Lomond area and this will benefit a whole range of people, from school children and leisure cyclists to those who use their bike to commute to work.”
Helen Lawrenson from the Falkland Centre for Stewardship added: “Encouraging more people to cycle is an integral part of our sustainability strategy so we are very pleased to be involved with this project.
“We also live in a beautiful part of Fife and there is no better way of seeing what the area has to offer than by cycling round our countryside.”