The Daily Record 23rd March 2018
Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT) have secured the funding from sportscotland
A Community Trust has received a £100,000 boost to their plans to build a new one kilometre cycle circuit in West Lothian.
Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT) secured the £100,000 grant from sportscotland for their planned West Lothian Cycle Circuit in West Lothian.
The Trust is now nearly half way towards hitting their £895,000 funding target and realising their ambitious plans to build a one kilometre traffic-free cycle circuit for everyone to enjoy.
Fraser Falconer, Chair of LCDT says “We are absolutely over the moon about the £100,000 grant, and are grateful to sportscotland for supporting the project at this crucial stage.
“Securing this large donation is the start of a big push to complete our fundraising campaign”.
LCDT have been working with West Lothian Council, the local community and a number of clubs in developing plans for the facility, aimed at getting more people cycling and allowing cycling for all.
The project, the first community-led facility of its kind in Scotland, aims to provide an exciting range of supported cycling sessions for people of all ages and abilities from across West Lothian.
Stewart Harris, sportscotland Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be investing in the West Lothian Cycle Circuit. The circuit will help support the cycling community in the area for years to come and provide opportunities to cycle for all ages and abilities.
“Cycling is in a great place at the moment in Scotland with our cyclists about to set off for the Gold Coast in the hunt for medals at the Commonwealth Games, and, back at home, Scottish Cycling continue to do great work to encourage more people to take up the sport.
“We look forward to working with our partners to ensure the project moves forward in the coming months.”
A key local stakeholder in the project is the West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club who run weekly coaching sessions for youth riders.
Ewen Fulton, Clarion’s Youth President, says “We have a massive waiting list and are at full capacity at our present coaching venues. The circuit is crucial to helping us get more kids experiencing the simple joys of riding a bike”.
The cycle circuit will also be a centre for all abilities and hand cyclists can use the specially designed circuit.