We – The Deeside Bike Collective (DBC) – are a group of biking enthusiasts from Banchory and the surrounding Deeside area.
The DBC was first formed in 2014 after 2 years of discussions with the local community the Forestry Commission to develop a plan for trail development in Banchory.
Since then, steady progress was made towards securing planning permission, agreement for the land transfer, and the design of the trails. The final stage is the purchase of the land and building of the trails.
We are a registered Scottish Charity, run by a Board of Trustees and supported by our Core Members.
The core group members are keen bikers from mixed disciplines with a vision for creating mountain bike tracks for our children, the whole community and visiting cyclists to enjoy.
Our numbers are growing steadily, with a total of over 200 members in September 2021 and 8 members so far registered via the new website. Our funding partners want to see evidence that we are a large enough group to represent the views of the local community.
Joining us is a great way to show your support for what we are doing, and membership is free!
Affiliations, Community Support & North East Action Plan
The DBC and the Banchory Bike Trails project is recognised by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and will form part of their North East of Scotland mountain bike strategy, which is expected to be rolled out by end of 2017.
The DBC is also engaged and working with the Aberdeenshire Council to develop a strategy for MTB in the North East. As well as offering the local communities and bikers a professional recreational area for MTB, the wider aspects of this are to assist with development of tourism, provide improved business for local areas, develop personal skills and improving cycle links in the North East and increase event activity.
A cluster group has been formed with Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, other like-minded bike groups (of which there are currently five) along with other individuals that have interest in developing mountain biking in the North East.
DBC is a recognised project by the Banchory Community Council and is part of the Banchory Action Plan for 2017 to 2021.