£650,000 of Government cash will see new cycle training hub wheeled out in Aberdeen

New money will help to build a new training facility in Aberdeen.
New money will help to build a new training facility in Aberdeen.

More than £650,000 has been pledged to create a new cycling centre with outdoor training track in Aberdeen

The Bridge of Don project is one of five so-called “active travel hubs” receiving a total of £3.25 million from the Scottish Government.

Sport Aberdeen has been granted £652,866 to deliver the facility, next to the Alex Collie Sport Centre, which will provide a focal point for cycling and walking.

The site will also include a communal bike repair workshop, cycle training for children and adults, and an outdoor training track.

The project aims to increase the number of journeys made by sustainable transport by the 20,000 residents in Bridge of Don.

Five projects across Scotland were successful in bidding for funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The fund, which was launched in December last year, is open to public, third and community sector organisations.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, said: “The ERDF Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund provides a fantastic opportunity to help individuals, communities and our population benefit from sustainable and greener travel options.

“I am delighted that five projects will benefit from ERDF funding to deliver active travel and low carbon transport hubs.

“The Scottish Government is committed to increasing the number of journeys made by active travel and public transport as well as freeing Scotland’s towns, cities and communities from the damaging emissions of petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles.

“The new hubs will contribute towards bringing us closer to these goals by enabling walking and cycling to be the norm for everyday journeys.

“By creating hubs that will also provide the facilities to support the uptake of low emission vehicles, such as electric vehicle charging points and hydrogen refuelling stations, this will lead to improvements in air quality and contribute towards meeting our ambitious greenhouse gas targets.”