Grampian Cycling News 2004

Moray's Cycle Safety Initiative

A new and welcome initiative by Grampian Police, Moray Council and Moray Community Health rewards young cyclists who make themselves seen during Moray's dark winter nights. If a police officer, traffic warden or community warden spots a young cyclist wearing a cycle helmet and reflective clothing and they have lights fitted to their bike then they will be entered into a prize draw for one of two new mountain bikes. The initiative which will run to the end of November is part-funded by local community networks and the council's roads department.

Cyclist's Bridge in Aberdeen

The Deeside cycle path and walkway can now boast two much needed bridges, allowing users to travel from Duthie Park in the centre of Aberdeen to Peterculter along the route of the former Deeside Railway unhindered by vehicles. Until now cyclists had to dismount and negotiate their way across Aberdeen's busy Holburn Street. However a spectacular £420,000 cabled suspension bridge spanning the 36 metre crossing has been installed, making the route safer and more pleasant.
Aberdeen's Lord Provost John Reynolds opened the new bridge, and also another less impressive though equally necessary bridge over the Hargate, after a short speach and ribbon cutting ceremony. A piper led the Lord Provost across the bridges to the delight of local school children and onlookers.
The £650,000 project for the 2 bridges was funded by a Scottish Executive grant and was completed within budget and on time despite various problems during construction. When the bridge was initially moved into position, it was discovered to be too short. A rapid response to the problem led to overnight working and no delay to the initial schedule.

Bridge over A96 Forres Bypass

Councilors have approved plans for a 29 metre long, 6.5 metre high shared cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A96 Forres bypass. The Scottish Executive needs to approve the plans before work can commence. A study in July had revealed that in a single week over 500 cyclists used the existing cycle path and the bridge is seen as an extension to these facilities.

National Champions

Deeside Thistle member Ashley Pearson helped her fellow team members Philip Kelman and Ken Bryson to become the SCU 12 hour team champions. They covered a total combined distance of over 690 miles in 12 hours. Ashley's solo performance of 245 miles was sufficient to make her the SCU 12 Hour Ladies Champion and Record Holder



Bridge over A96 Forres Bypass

A proposal to build a shared cyclists and pedestrian bridge over the A96 Forres bypass will be the subject of a local enquiry. Council officers have insisted the bridge is necessary to allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross the busy bypass, however the 29-metre long, 6.5-mete-high proposed bridge has been criticised by the community council. The bridge would cross the A96 close to the historic Sueno's Stone monument.

Cyclist Attacked by Seagulls

Aberdeen's Press & Journal reports that a city centre cyclist fell off his bike after being attacked by dive-bombing seagulls. He was cycling on Union Street approaching the junction with Back Wynd when he saw three gulls soaring towards him. In avoiding them he fell from his bike, resulting in an unplanned visit to the city's Royal Infirmary. Fortunately he escaped serious injury.

Cyclist Injured in Aberdeen

Aberdeen's Press & Journal reports that a cyclist suffered a broken leg as a result of a road accident while cycling along the North Deeside Road. The cyclist was allegedly hit by a car about one mile from Culter. A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the accident.