Improvements planned to Glenrothes cycle network

Biking boost: Cyclists in Riverside Park, Glenrothes, where routes could be upgraded as part of this project.
Biking boost: Cyclists in Riverside Park, Glenrothes, where routes could be upgraded as part of this project.

Major improvements to the cycle network in Glenrothes have been planned as part of a project to encourage more people to get on their bikes.

As well as investing over £1 million to develop and extend existing cycle routes in the town, the project also includes providing free cycle training for children and adults.

The Council has applied for match funding from Sustran’s Community Links Programme. If successful the ‘Cycle Fife’ project could begin as early as April this year.

The plans include creating traffic free routes to the new Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre, as well as between Pitcairn and Balfarg.

There would also be an upgrade of routes through Riverside Park.

Cycling training will be available in every primary and secondary school in Glenrothes, with low pupil to trainer ratios to provide high quality tuition, and a free bike loan scheme will be set up for children.

Cycle helmets, lights, bells and bike locks will be provided for all pupils in P6, while there will be on-road sessions for high school pupils to support them to make independent journeys.

There will be free training sessions for adults, and free maintenance courses offering advice and help to repair and maintain bikes.

And there will also be more opportunities to participate in sport cycling.

Glenrothes councillor Kay Morrison welcomed the project.

She said: “I’m pleased we are developing traffic-free routes in Glenrothes and I’m delighted we are looking to offer training for everyone, including adults who have never learned how to ride a bike and others who need a bit of a refresher.”

The project is designed to help Fife meet an ambitious target set by Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) for 10 per cent of all trips to be made by bike by 2020. Fifers make around 350 million trips each year, which would mean 35 million would need to be by bike to meet the target.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for environment and transport, said: “We support the Government in its vision that 10 per cent of all trips in Scotland will be by bike by 2020.

“Fife needs an ambitious plan for how to deliver our share of this and this proposal sets out what could be achieved with this funding.”