Cyclists of all ages in Grangemouth are set to benefit from the opening of a new bike library in Zetland Park this week (Sunday 1 December).
More than 30 bikes will be available to borrow for free for a period of up to four weeks and will be available in a variety of sizes and styles with plans to include adaptive bikes for those with disabilities.
The scheme will allow families and individuals to enjoy cycling, build confidence and take part in healthy activities. It will also see a number of pupils from Carrongrange School take part in vocational training in bike maintenance learning key skills in looking after the bikes.
The bike library will be open initially between 10am and 3pm on a Friday with the expectation that these hours will be extended once more volunteers are signed up.
George Callaghan, Falkirk Council’s cycling officer explained: “As part of the wider Zetland Park project we are keen to get people into the park so we are developing a number of projects such as this one.
“Cycling is a great activity and it is hoped that the project will help people break down any barriers that they may face in getting into this sport.
“The community has been right behind us the whole way with the transformation of Zetland Park and we’re sure they will use the new library to its full extent.
“Zetland is ideal for cycling as we already have a cycling track for children to help build their skills and we have a funding bid in for a pump track.
A launch event is being held on Sunday 1 December between 12pm and 3pm in Zetland Park where activities including free kids cycle coaching, bike security marking, trishaw rides and free bike maintenance.
The project is led by Falkirk Council and supported by others including Kersiebank Community Project, Falkirk Active Travel Hub, Falkirk Junior Bike Club, Police Scotland and Cycling Without Age. Kersiebank Community Project submitted a successful £20k funding application to Cycle Scotland.
To find out more about the project or to help with volunteering contact GrangemouthBikeLibrary@falkirk.gov.uk
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