Kilmarnock have built new bike shelters at Rugby Park as excitement builds ahead of this summer's UCI Cycling World Championships.

The new racks will help to facilitate bicycle travel to Premiership matches in Ayrshire for the club's fans.

Two shelters have been developed at Rugby Park, which has enabled the Premiership club to promote active mobility as part of their matchday transportation strategy.

The facilities can be found both outside the Frank Beattie and Chadwick stands.

Funding for the shelters was secured via Cycling Scotland, with the Killie Trust pushing the initiative. Club partners including training wear sponsor Hamilton Tarmac subsequently joined

As part of UCI’s sustainability goals, the club has set out to support the reduction of carbon emissions and the enhancement of air quality.

Encouraging local fans to travel by bike also significantly reduces the flow of traffic to and from games, providing the potential to improve the accessibility of the stadium.

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Cathy Jamieson, Trust Board Director, commented: “As a club, we’re continually upgrading our physical infrastructure, with several Killie Trust backed projects helping to evolve the stadium in recent years. The new bike shelters will not only improve the matchday experience for supporters and local residents, but also increase engagement opportunities with the wider community. 

“We’re hoping that the upcoming UCI Cycling Championships will inspire supporters of all ages to race to Rugby Park.”

Raymond Montgomerie, Kilmarnock Football Club Ambassador, added: “We’re proud to play our part in supporting a legacy that will be built upon Scotland’s hosting of one of this year’s major sporting events. Football and cycling are both very close to my heart and I hope that this project will encourage locals to consider alternative methods of travel to games. There are so many benefits of sports working together to promote active lifestyles.”

Craig Burn, Director of Strategy and Policy Impact, 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, said “It’s brilliant to see Scottish football join in the excitement and inspiration of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships is bringing to Scotland.

“The UCI World Championships will leave a lasting legacy of cycling and active travel across the country and we are delighted to see Kilmarnock Football Club invest in facilities to make it easier for fans to choose to travel sustainably to matches."