Cycling legend Mark Beaumont has joined forces with Sustrans, the UK walking and cycling charity, to encourage others to enjoy short ‘everyday adventures’ on the National Cycle Network in Scotland.
The new short film, which is available on our Scotland adventures page shows the sporting star’s non-competitive side as he moves through various guises: from stylish corporate Brompton rider to about-town family man with toddler in tow and then leisure cyclist escaping the city.
The video, produced by Sustrans Scotland and directed by Stefan Morocco, features striking views of cycling routes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, and the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals.
It is intended to promote accessible, everyday leisure cycling routes around Scotland’s towns and cities, and to provide inspiration by showcasing some of the iconic landmarks and visitor attractions which are often only a short bike ride away.
“ Our National Cycle Network is our second most valuable walking and cycling asset in Scotland ”
Mark Beaumont said:
“You don't need to cycle around the world to become an adventure cyclist. There are so many everyday pedal-powered adventures on our doorsteps.
“The inspiration for making this Sustrans film was to showcase familiar places from a different perspective and also to discover new journeys by bicycle. Even in an hour or two you can explore superb routes, all you need is two wheels and an open mind.”
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
“Our National Cycle Network is our second most valuable walking and cycling asset in Scotland. Our first, of course, is the people who make over 63 million annual trips on the 2,300 miles of on and off-road paths, in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. I would encourage everyone to find out where their nearest NCN route is and give it a try for shorter journeys and for longer days out with family and friends. Being active and having fun at the same time is a wonderful way to spend your day especially if it can be part of your daily routine.”
Mike Dennison, Sustrans Scotland Tourism Officer, said:
“More and more people are interested in cycling as a means of getting out, enjoying the fresh air, getting some exercise and experiencing places differently. Scotland has so many really beautiful places within easy reach by bike and the National Cycle Network is a great resource for people of all ages and abilities, enabling them to make that journey.”
Sustrans, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, is the pioneer and guardian of the National Cycle Network - a series of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes that connect to every major town and city.
The Network passes within a mile of half of all UK homes across the length and breadth of the UK.
For more information and images please contact:
Claire Daly, Policy and Communications Manager
0786 8701678, [email protected]