Penicuik cycling is set to receive a boost towards its plans to create a cycle-friendly town thanks to £3600 funding from Cycling Scotland.
The funding, which has been secured thanks to a partnership approach between Penicuik First, Midlothian Council and cycling campaigners, will help generate publicity for cycling by encouraging local businesses to promote it.
It will also be used to engage schools in encouraging cycling, create family fun days, and help create a community ideas day to develop longer term cycling proposals for the town more generally.
The immediate aim is to promote alternative behaviours and encourage people out of their cars and to use bikes to access schools, work and leisure venues.
Campaigner Ross Laird said: “This is great news for Penicuik and for anyone interested in cycling in the area. This funding from Cycling Scotland will help us to kick-start a raft of new cycling initiatives in and around the town.”
Penicuik’s Councillor Derek Rosie added: “This initiative, along with our existing plans to promote cycling across the county, will make a great contribution to reducing car journeys and increasing the number of cyclists.”
Michael Graham, chairman of Penicuik First, said: “We are delighted to be playing a leading role in this initiative to attract cyclists to our town centre and to make cycling an attractive option in and around the town.”
The project hopes to create a bike maintenance and bike check session.