New cycling routes launched in Falkirk area as part of Bike Week

A series of easy-to-follow cycling routes have been launched in Falkirk district.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 9:44 am

The tracks are suitable for all abilities and can be downloaded online from Sunday, May 30 via the Falkirk Explored app.

Falkirk Community Trust announced the roll-out of the trails ahead of Bike Week (May 30-June 5) to encourage more people to get active and tour the area.

As part of the week, Dr Bike will be based in Callendar Park on Sunday (noon until 4pm) to give bicycles a free 20-point check.

Dr Bike will then set up a station at the Plaza Café at The Helix Park next Thursday (4-7pm) before offering its services at the same venue on Saturday, June 5 (noon until 4pm).

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As well as traditional bikes, Falkirk area locals and visitors now also have access to electric bikes.

In March, five new Forth Bike stations opened up, doubling the number of e-bike hire points across the area.

The new locations are: Falkirk Community Hospital; Zetland Park, Grangemouth; Callendar Park, Falkirk; Duke Street, Denny; and Union Street, Bo’ness.

Falkirk leads the way in e-bike use in Forth Valley, accounting for 10,244 of the 14,299 Forth Bike journeys made last year, with cyclists clocking up 50,000 miles.

Paul Finnie, FCT sport and recreation manager, said: “I hope that by pulling together our routes on easy to read maps we will encourage more of the local community to head outside and be more active.

“As well as it being great exercise, it’s also a fun way to explore the area and meet up safely with family and friends outdoors.”

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