Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) today confirmed Falkirk Councils Outdoor Access Team Leader Angus Duncan, will present at the international mountain biking conference being held in the Borders in November. Angus will present on their innovative approach on using mountain biking to increase health & well-being.
Falkirk Council have been leading a strategic and partnership approach to development of off-road biking involving community engagement, developing the schools provision and working with private estates over the last 10 years.
Angus Duncan explains the approach “It is an exciting time for off-road and mountain biking in the Falkirk area. We recognised in 2004 that cycling and mountain biking were growing activities that achieved many of the aims which we have as a local authority such as improving health and well-being, achieving sporting success, providing diversionary activities and generating income to the local community through tourism. We felt a strategic approach, combined with community engagement, was the best way to maximise the impact of biking.”
“We are delighted that we can now offer a great entry-level trail centre, provided by Callendar Estate, which is developing its offering to include a café and bike shop and has very recently been successful in securing funding through Active Places Legacy fund for a new skills area and pump track. This centre doesn’t sit in isolation though and is linked into our extensive access network which means you can ride from trail centre to the Falkirk Wheel and to the Kelpies all off-road. Combine this with our community led projects at Larbert High and, hopefully, Kinneill Woods near Boness, we have a great joined up vision for off-road and mountain biking.”
Graeme McLean, project manager of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), the organisers of the conference, explains that the role of Local Authorities is vital to developing the activity “Local Authorities across Scotland play a vital role in increasing participation, developing sporting stars and developing and promoting tourism across Scotland. It will be great to hear this example of good practice from Falkirk Council and delegates will learn from his presentation and with the benefit of international speakers, such as Chris Foggin from New Zealand, it is a great opportunity for other Local Authorities to continue to improve their mountain biking offering.”
The conference will take place from 11 – 13 November at Peebles Hydro
For more information on Angus Duncan and the conference visit www.DMBinS.com/developing/conference