Scotland’s first cycle circuit has opened in Fife!25th May 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
The eagerly anticipated Fife Cycle Park was opened on Wednesday 23 May by record breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman.
Funded by Fife Council, sportscotland and the Scottish Government, the purpose built cycle park is set to put central Fife at the forefront of Scottish cycling and further bolster the Kingdom’s position as the number one destination in Scotland for outdoor activities. It is also anticipated that the site will pave the way for a host a variety of regular triathlon related training and racing opportunities!
Fife Cycle Park is an outdoor floodlit cycle facility that allows for a full range of cycling activities to take place in a traffic free environment all year round. It’s 1.6km in length but offers various circuit layout options within this. Customers are able to choose from a variety of circuit configurations and several groups or sessions can use the facility at the same time.
Speaking about the opening, Provost of Fife Jim Leishman said: “It’s great to see the reaction of everyone who has had the opportunity to try the circuit out, from cycling royalty like Mark Beaumont to local youngsters who are just beginning to develop their skills. Learning to ride a bike is an important life skill and this will be an invaluable facility in helping to break down inequalities and the barriers people face in trying out or returning to cycling.”
Mark Beaumont added: “This is a first for Scotland and a wonderful facility available to everyone, not just skilled cyclists. I believe it will encourage people of all abilities to get on their bikes and have fun.”
A dedicated skills loop has also been created by contractor The Purvis Group and gifted to the park. The ‘Robert Purvis Play Zone’ is a specially designed mini road consisting of three intertwined loops for young children to play on. It is ideally suited for balance bikes, first stages learning to ride a pedal bike and scooters.
Bob Purvis said: “I have always believed you must provide the right environment for young people to acquire skills and enable them to flourish in the workplace and in life. The Purvis Group of Companies rely heavily on investing in young people to facilitate our future growth. I’m especially proud of the success of Realm Construction’s award winning apprenticeship programme. These young people are from the local area and have contributed greatly to the achievements of the group.
“We saw the donation of the play zone as an extension of our core values – where young people can safely learn great habits that will last a lifetime benefitting health and wellbeing within our community.”
To keep up to date with the latest from Fife Cycle Park, follow @VeloFife on Twitter, Fife Cycle Park on Facebook or visit cyclepark.fife.scot