Dawson Bike Club in Falkirk, Kingussie Community Development Company, Neilston Development Trust in East Renfrewshire and Transition Black Isle have been selected by Cycling Scotland as partner organisations to develop the new Cycle Friendly Community Award, funded by Transport Scotland.
The organisations were recognised for the work they do to promote community cycling and hves been identified as ideal case studies for the award. Each community will have access to a grant fund in order to pilot additional cycling initiatives within their local area.
Building on the success of the Cycle Friendly Employer and Cycle Friendly School awards, which acknowledge efforts made to promote and support cycling amongst staff and pupils, the Cycle Friendly Community Award will specifically acknowledge communities across Scotland that promote and encourage every day cycling in their local area.
Cycling Scotland will work closely with four communities across Scotland to trial criteria being developed for the award. Each project will have access to a dedicated grant fund to implement programmes such as cycle training, infrastructure, mapping and partnership working to encourage more people to use their bikes for travel in the local area. All measures that are funded will be closely monitored and evaluated, contributing to the development of award criteria. After the initial consultation and development period, the award is planned for launch in 2015, giving communities all over Scotland the opportunity to benefit from the award.
Cycling Scotland invited organisations from around the country to apply for the pilot scheme and received a huge amount of interest. The entrants were judged across a range of criteria including their current community partnerships and aims and objectives for the projects.
- Dawson Bike Club was selected by Cycling Scotland after successfully delivering various projects in the community across the Falkirk area like Guided Bike Rides at The Helix and developing strong partnerships with local groups and Falkirk Council.
- Kingussie Community Development Company was chosen by Cycling Scotland to take part in the pilot as they have successfully delivered several local projects including ‘Bikefest Scotland’ and have a clear aim to increase cycling in the community through a programme of activities.
- Neilston Development Trust was selected by Cycling Scotland to take part in the project as they had already successfully delivered and supported various projects in the community like ‘Go Neilston!’ a scheme that delivered events, training and education and they have also established strong partnerships.
- Transition Black Isle was chosen to be part of the process as their work in the communities of Avoch and Fortrose to ensure cycling is a viable transport option for all has been exceptional. They have been working with the Community Council to install cycle parking in the village and identifying suitable sites for bike racks and helping to develop infrastructure amongst other activities.
Christopher Johnson, Senior Development Officer, Cycling Scotland said:
“Communities have a huge part to play in getting more people cycling in their local area. Over the last 3 years Cycling Scotland has had the opportunity to work closely with dozens of communities across Scotland that have been successful in promoting local cycling. Development of the Cycle Friendly Community Award scheme will establish a template based on the successes across the country so that other communities can learn from best-practice and capture the many benefits that come from an increased number of people cycling in the local community. We at Cycling Scotland are delighted to be celebrating the cycling successes in communities across Scotland and look forward to continuing to work with and support communities to get more people on bikes. “
Keith Brown, Transport Minister said: “I would like to congratulate Dawson Bike Club in securing funding to become a cycle friendly and sustainable community.
“The Scottish Government provided funding for these projects to integrate active travel choices with public transport, to help make cycling an everyday journey and so reduce the need for these shorter journeys to be made by car.
“Since the 2011 Spending Review over £58 million has been allocated to cycling and walking. During this year and next we are increasing our expenditure on cycling and walking infrastructure by a further £27 million to deliver projects that promote active travel for everyday commuter journeys.”