Local groups hold talks with Pedal for Scotland

Pedal for Scotland family fun day at Linlithgow Palace.

Pictured: cyclists making their way east along Edinburgh Road B9080

Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
Pedal for Scotland family fun day at Linlithgow Palace. Pictured: cyclists making their way east along Edinburgh Road B9080 Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Local groups held “constructive” talks with cycling chiefs over how to avoid the disruption which resulted from a charity event last year.

Scotland’s biggest bike event, Pedal for Scotland, has grown in popularity over the years and is largely supported by residents in the town.

Last year 10,000 cyclists descended on Linlithgow, however, there was a great deal of frustration and criticism from a number of affected organisations in the area at the way the event was organised and communicated.

Road closures affected numerous groups including businesses, sports clubs, the Folk Festival, churchgoers, the elderly, carers and disabled residents.

The meeting, which took place on Wednesday at the Burgh Halls, was not open to the public but a number of groups impacted by last year’s event held talks with Cycling Scotland’s Keith Irving and representatives from WMP Sports who deliver the event.

Concerns were aired at the meeting and plans for this year’s event, which will again clash with the Folk Festival on September 10, were also discussed.

Martin Crook, chair of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council, said: “The meeting was very constructive, and while some concerns were strongly voiced, it is clear that even those most impacted remain supportive of the event.

“A number of specific route management issues are being investigated by WMP who are working on potential mitigating strategies for this year and we will continue to work together to help influence and communicate the outcome of this work.”