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Cycling Projects

Dundee has so much to offer!

There are independent cycling clubs, projects teaching kids to cycle, cycling in schools and projects using special bikes for people needing more support.

 

Join a local cycling group to connect with like-minded people and enjoy cycling together. We have something for everyone, all ages and abilities included. You may enjoy it so much you might want to help lead rides!

Especially for Kids

Discovery Junior Cycling Club provides coach led training and cycling sessions to 8 - 16 year olds, developing track and mountain bike skills.

Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Ask your school if they provide sessions.

Active Schools is a sportscotland led programme which provides opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime and after school, and to develop effective pathways between schools and sports clubs in the local community. Cycling Sessions may be available at your school.

 

Supported Cycling

ReDiscover Dundee is a cycling project with a fleet of eTrikes and eBikes enabling older adults and those experiencing barriers to physical activity to interact with their local greenspaces through cycling. Get in touch with us to find out more: GreenHealth@dvva.scot or call 01382 305757

NHS Physiotherapy Recreation Service supports adults with a learning disability to engage in a cycling session that is fun and promotes physical activity. A referral from a medical practitioner is required.

Trail Therapy led by Developing Mountain Biking Scotland, is a new project to Dundee using Mountain Biking to improve wellbeing of young people aged 16-25. Referrals required. More information coming soon.

 

Just for Ladies

Belles on Bikes Tayside is a social cycling group for women. All ages and abilities welcome. Rides use quieter roads. No-one gets left behind!

Dundee International Women’s Centre cycling group - learn how to ride a bike, how to stay safe and improve your skills and confidence. Suitable for beginners and all levels.

 

Social and Fitness

Cycling UK Tayside runs a programme of sociable and non-competitive rides throughout the year for its members.

Dundee University Institute of Sport and Exercise’s Senior Cycling Group organises sociable rides for members. Membership to this group is for ISE active living and senior members. For ISE membership and further details click on the link above. 

 

Sport & Skill Development

Ancrum Outdoor Centre runs outdoor adventure activities including instructor led mountain bike sessions for adults and kids. They also provide courses in mountain bike leadership and cycle maintenance.

Thistle Cycling Club lead club runs (road and mountain bike) for members (non-members welcome to try).

They also organise competitive sportives, road races and time trails.  

Wheelers Cycling Club organise club cycles for members (non-members welcome to try)

 

Charity/fundraising

Dundee Cyclathon is organised by the Claverhouse Rotary Club and raises thousands for local charities every year with a mass cycle around the Green Circular. Fundraising cycling continues, with a difference under COVID-19 

 

Campaigning

Dundee Cycling Forum is focussed on utility cycling (commuting, shopping, trips to the park, etc) holding meetings and events to campaign for better cycle infrastructure and promote cycling as an everyday transport choice.

 

Dundee's eBike scheme

Embark Dundee powered by Ride On is Dundee’s e-bike sharing project. Docks are located in the City Centre and Broughty Ferry with more coming in 2021 throughout our local communities

 

Cycling training

Cycling Scotland offers a variety of free training sessions available through Dundee’s Green Health Partnership: 

Adult Learn to Ride, Commuter skills and Confidence, & On-road and Commuter skills

Get in touch to sign-up: viola.marx@nhs.scot

 

 Download Dundee’s Cycle Map for FREE here

 

Cycling facilities

As well as the Green Circular (the 25mile shared use leisure cycling and walking route around the city) and the Greenways (shorter promoted cycling routes in the city) Dundee boasts some great riding facilities.

Long Cycling Routes

National Cycle Network 1 (NCN1) is a promoted cycle route, also known as the North Sea Cycle Route which links Dundee to the Fife and Angus Coasts. Riding to St Andrews or to Arbroath is easy on well signed flat shared paths. The full route goes from Dover to the Highlands!

National Cycle Network 77 (NCN77) is a promoted cycle route to the west of Dundee along quiet roads of the Carse to Perth. The route is mainly flat and is well signed. The full route links Dundee to Pitlochry.

 

Cycle Sports facilities

Caird Park Velodrome is a 400m banked outdoor cycle race track, managed by Leisure & Culture Dundee as part of the Regional Sports Performance Centre. It is used by cycle clubs for training, coaching and racing events. Riders who started here have gone on to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

Templeton Tangle Mountain Bike Skills Trail is a 1.4 km trail with fun challenging features for mountain bikers. Free to use.

BMX and Skate Parks can be found at South Rd Park, Finlathen Park and in Whitfield. A BMX 4x style track is by the Dighty in Douglas. Dudhope Park has an award winning skate park, well-liked by local BMXers.

 

In Dundee greenspaces like Camperdown Park and Templeton Woods are popular family cycling locations. Just outside Dundee Tentsmuir Forest is great for a more adventurous family day out – accessible across the Tay Road Bridge, and cycle paths to Tayport.

Challenging the hardy mountain biker, the Sidlaws are only a few miles to the north of the city, with popular trails at Balkello, Ballo and Lundie.