New cycle track launched for young people
Published 18 July 2011
A previously derelict area in Glasgow has been transformed into a brilliant new cycle track for young people.
A small park in the north Pollok area of the city already had a multi-purpose sports facility, but nearby land was overgrown and unsightly. Consultation took place to see what local residents wanted, and Glasgow City Council cleared the site of the bigger items of rubbish. Children from Crookston Castle Primary School then picked up litter, and the new Meiklerig Cycle Track, a rectangular cycle track with scaled-down road markings and a roundabout, was constructed. The facility now allows youngsters to learn about cycling on the road in a safe environment.
Speaking on behalf of Glasgow’s Regeneration Agency, Tommy Docherty, said:
"The Meiklerig Cycle Track is one of a number of exciting new environmental improvement projects recently completed in the south west of the city by Glasgow’s Regeneration Agency. Relying heavily on community input and coordinated by our Environmental Services project team, this project is a shining example of partnership working in the community.
"It's thanks to the funding received from GHA and the Fairer Scotland Fund and through the hard work from a variety of partner organisations, including Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow Community and Safety Services, Strathclyde Police and the Jack Jardine Centre that this cycle track has came to fruition.
"Most importantly I would like to recognize the support we received from the local community and in particular the pupils from Crookston Castle Primary and Saint Paul’s High School for all their help. This tarmacked cycle track has already proven popular and has quickly become a focal point for local children to meet, use their bikes safely and as demonstrated by Councillor Kerr at the official opening, have fun navigating their way around the track."