Views sought on Cycle Tourism Strategy

Two cyclists near Walkerburn.

Published: Tuesday, 2nd August 2016

Following the development of a draft Cycle Tourism Strategy, we are encouraging all those with an interest to take part in the consultation on the document.

The input of local businesses, organisations, residents and cyclists will contribute towards the final strategy.

What is the Cycle Tourism Strategy?

The purpose of this document is to set out a proposed five-year strategy for cycle tourism in the Borders until 2021.

It details the strengths, challenges and ambitions of using cycling as a means to deliver economic benefit to the area.

The draft strategy also highlights key issues needing to be addressed and details how three key objectives will be achieved through the support of collaborative working:

  • develop cycle tourism assets – turn assets into experiences and packages, and improve quality
  • event development – attract new, develop existing and leverage events to maximise wider tourism opportunities
  • build consumer demand – promote quality experiences to target markets

How do I take part in the consultation?

Anyone wishing take part in the Cycle Tourism Strategy Consultation can give their views until Friday 16 September.

Selkirk workshop - 23 August

A workshop will also be held in Selkirk, giving stakeholders the chance to discuss some of the key issues raised in the draft strategy.

  • Date: Tuesday 23 August
  • Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Venue: Ettrick Riverside, Selkirk

Booking is required for the workshop - please contact Economic Development to reserve your place.

Eyemouth drop-in session - 30 August

In addition, a drop-in session will be held in Eyemouth to further enable people to provide their input into the development of the final strategy.

  • Date: Tuesday 30 August
  • Time: 2pm - 4pm
  • Venue: Hippodrome, Eyemouth

Councillor Stuart Bell, Executive Member for Economic Development

“The Borders has a long-established and substantial leisure cycling industry, alongside its well-known mountain-biking facilities.

“As a result, it has been agreed that the Council take forward a strategy for cycle tourism in the region.

“Working alongside tourism businesses, communities, interested groups and cyclists, the aim is to see the Borders become a world class bike destination by 2021.

“Therefore, it is vital stakeholders in cycling in the Borders give us their views through this consultation exercise.”

Further information

More information on cycling in the Scottish Borders is available.