Cycling infrastructure is to be boosted by a new £8 million fund in a bid to make Scotland one of Europe’s top cycling nations.
Formed of £4 million of capital investment from the Scottish Government and the same amount from sportscotland, the Cycling Facilities Fund will aim to improve conditions for cyclists across the country over the next two years.
The cash can be used to build new cycle tracks or trails, create storage, upgrade existing cycling facilities or create more accessible spaces.
It is hoped the fund will drive and increase in the popularity of cycling ahead of Glasgow hosting the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2023.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The projects backed by this fund will inspire more people to get on their bikes, bringing benefits to people across Scotland as an enjoyable leisure activity and an efficient way to improve their health.
“We want to build on the incredible growth in cycling this year and see even more people choosing to travel to school or work on two wheels.
“Our overall aim is for Scotland to become one of Europe’s top cycling nations.”
Sportscotland chief executive Stewart Harris said: “Thanks to this new fund we have a unique opportunity to harness the growing interest in cycling and to promote health and wellbeing, taking a significant step towards our vision of an active Scotland where everyone sees sport as a way of life.”
The announcement comes as figures released last month show a 43% increase in cycling journeys between March and August this year compared with the same period in 2019.
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