Cyclists back on Wishaw Pump Track thanks to National Lottery funding
Young cyclists in Craigneuk were back on track last week thanks to funding from the National Lottery.
Community group Socialtrack held a free event at Wishawhill Wood Pump Track, with the funding helping them provide free BMX, skateboard and scooter hire for all.
Free hot chocolate and rolls were also served after Socialtrack received a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
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Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig Councilor Agnes Magowan got on his bike to see what the fuss was about.
She told Lanarkshire Live: “Young people have struggled with the pandemic for the past two years.
“It was wonderful to see about 20 young people and adults cycling the trail and socializing with their friends.
“I really felt being there that the country was recovering and getting back to normal.”
The track was also visited by Graham Simpson MSP and the Paths For All team as they learned a bit more about Socialtrack’s various grassroots projects.
Central Wishaw councilor Fiona Fotheringham was also delighted to see the restart of activity at the track.
She added: “I can’t take my son Ben away from this place. It’s an amazing setup.
“It was great to see the first session on the pump track again and the sun shone for us too. Everyone’s energy was fabulous.
“Children, parents and volunteers, everyone was looking forward to being there.
“As always, Socialtrack was there to provide equipment and coaches to provide opportunities for local youngsters.
“Thank you also to Made4uinML2 for their continued support of such a worthy project.
“We look forward to a busy year encouraging local communities to become more active.”
As part of the green space projects in North Lanarkshire, new cycling facilities including a pump track, balance bike area, jump line, test bike area and cycling skills loops Mountain bikes are in the preliminary design stage at the Bellshill end of Strathclyde Park.
This project will link Bellshill to the loch side area of Strathclyde Country Park with improved walking and cycling routes.
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