Article Source: South Lanarkshire Council
First Published: 16 July 2021 14:19
Updated: 16 July 2021 14:19
The Clyde Cycle Park will regenerate a derelict brownfield site in Cambuslang and provide a major new cycling venue for the west of Scotland.
Funding for the project has been made available by South Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Government Clyde Mission Fund and Scottish Enterprise.
The project has been developed by three community organisations – Cambuslang Community Council, East Kilbride Road Club and Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust (CamGlen Bike Town) – working together with South Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture.
The Clyde Cycle Park has three main goals:
• to encourage more people in the local community to be physically active through cycling
• to support drivers to switch from car use to cycling to encourage a low carbon lifestyle
• to inspire more people to participate in cycling as a sport and achieve success
In Phase 1 of the Clyde Cycle Park, the first 250m of a 2km of track is being created to provide a training circuit. Other works involve paths, the first part of the car park, and units for an office and cycle storage.
From September onwards, this will allow a regular programme of coaching and training to be offered for cycle clubs and the local community as well as a base for commuting by bike.
Chair of the Clyde Cycle Park SCIO, John Bachtler, said: “The Clyde Cycle Park is a really exciting project for the local communities of Cambuslang and Rutherglen and cycle clubs throughout the west of Scotland.
“There is huge interest in cycling, partly because of the inspirational success of Scottish cyclists in international competitions, but also because people want to be more active and use alternatives to car travel because of the climate crisis. The problem we have is a lack of off-road facilities in the area for all parts of the community, and young people in particular, to learn how to cycle confidently.
“The Clyde Cycle Park will provide opportunities for the community and cycle clubs throughout the area to cycle in a safe environment. It will also contribute to the regeneration of Cambuslang by bringing a derelict site back into use and attracting visitors and income to the town.
“We are very grateful to all three of the funders of phase 1 of the Clyde Cycle Park – the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and South Lanarkshire Council – for their great support of the project.”
Chair of the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Board, and Chair of the South Lanarkshire Cycling Partnership, Councillor Peter Craig, said: “This project will be a fantastic hub of cycling activity for the local community.
“We are delighted to see the first phase get underway and it is very exciting times for cycling enthusiasts in South Lanarkshire.
“Huge credit has to go to Cambuslang Community Council, East Kilbride Road Club and Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust who have shown great vision and determination to get this project moving forward.
“I can’t wait to see this first phase completed and when all aspects of the project are in place, we will have a truly world-class cycling facility on our doorstep.”
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