A closed loop cycle circuit is to be built in Fife following a £1m funding commitment from the council, reports The Courier. The circuit will be built on council land between Lochgelly High School and Lochore Meadows and will cater for everyone from toddlers on balance bikes to local clubs.
In the next two years, nearly £5m will be invested in cycling projects for Fife and councillor Mark Hood said it was a sensible investment.
“It’s important to focus on the long-term wins of investing in sport at a time when the council is facing increasingly tough budget pressures. The more we can do now to encourage people to get and stay active, the less the health spend in the future.
“Studies show that for every £1 invested in sport and physical activity, it saves around £3.20 in future health costs. That’s on top of the many other advantages it can bring people and communities.”
Hood anticipates that the circuit – which will also be suitable for running and cyclocross, with space for further developments – will cover its operating costs and even generate a surplus. He also emphasised the positive effect it would have on those who made use of it.
“Taking part in sport gives young people the chance to flourish – to develop routine, discipline, confidence and be a good team player. Investments like these contribute towards making it easier for all Fifers to be fitter and healthier. We can’t underestimate the positive impact this can have on people’s lives.”
The circuit will be the first in Scotland after plans to develop something similar in Edinburgh were dropped following objections. While Edinburgh City Council seems set to approve plans for a new outdoor velodrome, speedway course and BMX track on the site of the former Meadowbank velodrome, plans for a road cycling circuit were shelved due to concerns about loss of green space.