With over 800km of cycle paths ideal for a wide range of abilities, the Falkirk region is fast becoming one of Scotland’s top cycling destinations and was the fastest growing sector in the local area pre-pandemic. From 2009 to 2019, visitor numbers increased by 53% to around 950,000, employment in the sector by 31.4% to just over 2200 jobs, and the overall economic impact of tourism increased by 87.9% to around £136m.
From kid’s learner zones in Zetland and Helix Parks, 114 e-bikes with Forth Bikes, accessible cycling through local charity: Cycling Without Age Scotland, to adrenaline-fuelled distance and mountain bike options, there is genuinely something for everyone.
The new campaign has been funded through the VisitScotland Destination Fund and work so far has included a new dedicated cycling section on our website, interactive itineraries to inform and new online videos to inspire.
Falkirk Council has also approved planning for a new Callendar Park cycleway plus bike repair, storage and changing facilities.
Falkirk Council has invested over £6.15 million in upgrading its paths network since 2017, with over £500,000 into the e-bike network. Since 2019 the council has also invested £7 million in Active travel initiatives. Since it started, there have been over 46,864 e-bike rides, the most popular station being the Helix, followed by the Falkirk Wheel.
In December 2021 Falkirk Council signed the Falkirk Growth Deal with the UK Government and the Scottish Government, which will bring £1bn investment and 2000 jobs to the area which will include net zero projects including a Central Sustainable Transport Hub, a Canal visitor centre and an outdoor art park. More details can be found here.