Grampian Cycling News 2011

Trail Plans Move Forward

Plans to develop additional mountain biking facilities including a new mountain bike centre and dedicated bike trails on the Glenlivet Estate have been taken one step closer to reality after a revised planning application was submitted to Moray Council in September.
The project, led by The Crown Estate, includes proposals to build new cross country bike trails in the Carn Daimh Forest, near Tomintoul.
Along with the trails The Crown Estate plans to build a small centre with space for a cafe, information area, toilets and car parking.


Grampian Transport Museum in Alford are planning a festival celebrating the bicycle for the weekend of 21st and 22nd May.
On the Saturday there will be Sportive, with a selection of routes all of which begin and end at the Museum.
On Sunday the festival will include displays of vintage to modern cycles, arena stunt acts, veteran cycle demonstrations, a cycle auction and jumble, and trade and club stands.

Bobbies on Bikes

Lessons in how to get onto a bike and pedal are being given to officers from Grampian Police. A one-day training course is accompanied by a 17-page booklet.
A Grampian Police spokesman said the training was essential for force cyclists, particularly those involved in chases, adding "Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and as such it would be negligent of the force to fail to provide adequate training for officers".



Cycle Crossing Gets Green Light

Aberdeen Cycle Forum (ACF) has announced that Aberdeen city council has allocated £75,000 to install a signalised toucan crossing at the Kingswells roundabout during the coming 2011/12 financial year.
ACF has campaigned on this issue for some time and was instrumental in arranging an independet safety audit of the crossing. The audit backed up ACF's claim that the lack of a facility to help cyclists and pedestrians cross the busy and fast road was a safety oversight.
Learn more about Aberdeen Cycle Forum.

Deeside Way Recognised

The Deeside Way is now officially part of the National Cycle Network and has been designated route 195.
All completed sections of the Deeside Way have been signed with "Route 195" discs. Additionally, there is a new logo for the Deeside Way and this is already appearing on some posts along the route.
By being part of the National Cycle Network, the Deeside Way should be able to attract funding for maintanance and upgrading from Sustrans.

Huntly Cycle Hub

Plans to create a regional cycling development centre linked to the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre received a positive response from those who attended a recent exhibition hosted by a team from Huntly Development Trust.
Plans are at the very early stages but could include establishing connections to the National Cycle Routes 1 at Turriff and 195 at Ballater, and also developing off-road forest trails in the immediate vicinity.