Glenkens Community Transport set to launch new electric bike scheme Leave a comment


The electric bike revolution is coming to the Glenkens this weekend.

Glenkens Community Transport is unveiling six new electric bikes at the CatStrand in New Galloway.

And people will be able to learn more about how the bikes and a new hire scheme will work.

The group’s manager Glen Murray said: “The Glenkens is a hilly place and the idea of having an electric motor to give you a wee push is very attractive so we have had quite a lot of interest.

“They will be based at CatStrand initially but hopefully we will have bases in Dalry and Balmaclellan and in the surrounding area for locals and eventually visitors to explore the area or travel between the villages to see their friends or get their shopping.

“They will be able to hire them for a small fee, complete with helmet and hi-viz, and use them for a day or half day.

“They can use it how they like but the good thing is it will help them get active and get some exercise at the same
time.”

The group, which has an electric car and is trying to raise funds for an electric minibus, has received financial support for the bikes from Cycling Scotland and Transport Scotland’s Energy Saving Trust.

The launch drop-in will take place at the CatStrand between 11am and 1pm and 2.30pm and 4pm on Saturday.

There will also be screenings of the film Motherload between 1.30pm and 2.30pm and from 4pm to 5pm.

The Glenkens Community Arts Project is also organising a family-friendly bike ride to coincide with the launch.

There are two routes on offer, both starting from the CatStrand at 11am and returning there at around 12.30pm.

For further details Chris Jowsey by emailing chris@catstrand.com.





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