The Cycling Scotland Conference will take place on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2016 in Perth Concert Hall, offering delegates from across the country two days of study tours, events, workshops and high profile speakers.

The Conference will bring together over 150 professionals, campaigners, volunteers and national and local politicians to share experiences, learn from each other and network to help support cycling in Scotland and beyond.

The Conference will run cycle tours developed by Cycling Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council from 1pm - 4pm on 7 November.
Record-breaking long-distance cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author Mark Beaumont, who himself hails from Perthshire, will join the Perth City Tour which departs Perth Concert Hall at 1pm.

The Council's Roads Team has made road improvements and has been working with Cycling Scotland to deliver Bikeability Scotland cycle training to help school children to cycle safely on the roads and encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.

Following the conference, cycle racks will be presented to local primary schools taking part in the Bikeability Scotland training programme Two of the primary schools receiving a cycle rack, Kinross and Ruthvenfield Primary Schools, are involved in Cycling Scotland's study tours whilst the other four schools: Arran Gask, Burrelton, Coupar Angus and Luncarty have been awarded school exclusion zones meaning vehicles, with the exception of blue badge holders, are prohibited from being in the vicinity of the schools at the beginning and end of the school day.

Provost Liz Grant will also host a Civic Reception for the delegates which will be attended by Perth & Kinross Council's Enterprise & Infrastructure Committee Convener Councillor John Kellas and broadcaster Rhona McLeod.

Councillor Kellas commented: " We are very proud to support Cycling Scotland and its training scheme Bikeability Scotland which gives children the skills and confidence they need both to cycle safely on the roads and encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood. Cycling is a cheap, healthy, efficient, environmentally-friendly and a fun mode of transport. By awarding a number of Perth & Kinross Council Primary schools exclusion zones, we hope to see more of our young people travelling to school by bicycle.

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