Cycle coaching, bike hire, mini bike
tracks, skills loops, barbecues and other accessible cycling
activities will be on offer at two family focused free Cycle Fun
Days that will kick start this year's Highland Perthshire Cycling
Festival this weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June 2012).
Highland Perthshire received one of the top five awards at the
annual Cycling Scotland Conference Awards in Glasgow as the 'Cycle
Friendly Community' as a result of
the work done by the Highland Perthshire Cycling group.
Cycling Scotland's Chairman Bill Wright said,
"There is so much excellent cycling work now happening across
Scotland, that we had 5 categories this year, attracting the
highest number of entries to date. We are delighted to award the
'Cycle Friendly Community Award' to Highland Perthshire Cycling for
all the work they have done in the last 12 months from their highly
successful cycling festival through to local initiatives including
the local schools and youth groups."
Emma Burtles the Highland Perthshire Cycling
Coordinator, who is based in Aberfeldy
said, "I am absolutely delighted to receive this
award on behalf of Highland Perthshire Cycling. We are a very new
group only having been formed 2 years ago, we have come a very long
way in a short time." She continued, "I would like to thank
everyone who has put in lots of voluntary hours in making the many
events that Highland Perthshire Cycling organise, happen."
The Cycling Scotland citation states; " The
winning entry in the Cycle Friendly Communities Award had really
embraced the concept, making it a stated aim of the project to
create a cycle friendly community in their target area. Using a
hugely successful cycling festival as the focal point, the scheme
expanded with a range of projects including initiatives to take
local schools through the Cycle Friendly School award. Operating
youth clubs linking to Scottish Cycling's Go Ride programme,
helping local businesses be more cycle friendly to attract more
customers, developed disabled and special needs cycling events with
adapted bikes, producing route cards and securing funding for
forthcoming cycle signage."
For more information on the Highland Perthshire Cycling or
to pass on details, please contact Emma Burtles email@example.com
Photo - Bill Wright Chairman
of Cycling Scotland, presenting Emma Burtles the Highland
Perthshire Cycling Coordinator, with the Cycle Friendly Community
Award at a ceremony in Glasgow.
This year Highland Perthshire Cycling as well
as running the Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival will also be at
the Scottish Bike Show on 16th and 17th April, in Glasgow promoting
Highland Perthshire as a cycling destination in its own right.
The 2011 Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival
is shaping up to be bigger than ever, events take place all over
Highland Perthshire including Pitlochry, Dunkeld,
Aberfeldy, Kinloch Rannoch. Most are Free of Charge aimed at kids,
families, women and men.
3 New cycling Initiatives this year:-
1. Highland Safaris
"Biketrax" - Have a new 1 km track, designed with
families in mind. Construction progressing well. 11am Friday 13th
May - Official Opening by John Swinney MSP.
Tyres - Scot Tares is giving up his main job to focus
on road cycling in Highland Perthshire. Road cycling in Highland
Perthshire is some of the best cycling in Europe.
3. Progression Bikes in Dunkeld open
during April, specialising in mountain bike coaching, bike hire,
day trips, drop at the top of Craigvinean Forest being timed down,
plus much more. Saturday 21st May is their Official launch day in
Scottish Borders Cycling - would you believe
they paid us a visit, to see if they could learn from Highland
Perthshire, great to see that others think we are making an impact