Cycle Circuit Vision & Community Fundraising Update  

We have been speaking with broad range of stakeholders over the summer, to develop the vision for the West Lothian Cycle Circuit Project. We want to provide a safe, challenging and fun facility for people. It will bring opportunities for improvements in health, well-being, confidence, active lifestyles and sports performance.

West Lothian Clarion, one of the most active and highly regarded cycle clubs in the UK, will be key users. However, this facility is for everyone, including the running community and those who use adaptive cycles and wheelchairs. It will meet the physical needs of those who want to be more active, and the mental health needs of those for whom increased confidence and self-esteem are the next steps in their lives.

Importantly to help achieve social change, the project will employ a Cycling Development Officer. This person will help the schools of the town, and more excluded groups, benefit from the facility. The project is about creating opportunities to be more active, build confidence and have fun. This will be at the heart of the development of volunteering, training and work opportunities that the project will make happen.

Active Travel will be part of the project as it progresses. This is about encouraging more people to explore cycle routes around Linlithgow, and along the towpath of the Union Canal. It also supports the work in the town focused on reducing carbon emissions, exploring the uses of renewable energy and encouraging healthier forms of travel.

Over the summer the cycling community has been working their socks off getting the community fundraising campaign off to an amazing start. Have you seen #Rollerchallenge on Facebook or Twitter?! If not you can you can see a compilation of some of the videos on YouTube, they are a great watch!

So far we have raised £3,700, but there is still a long way to go to reach our community fundraising target of £25,000. You can donate by texting WLCC17 £10 to 70070 or visit our Just Giving page.