Cycling schemes to move up a gear thanks to thousands of pounds of grant funding

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Initiatives aimed at encouraging people in the north and north-east to get on their bikes have been given £64,000 of Scottish Government funding.

A total of 28 projects across the country are to benefit from grants from the Cycle Friendly Community Development Fund.

Aberdeen Multicultural Centre, Outfit Moray and Volunteering Hebrides have all been given money to purchase new bikes and equipment and further their efforts to increase cycling rates.

Meanwhile Grampian Disability Sport has been given £19,000 to spend on specially adapted bicycles, tools and training.

And The North Ronaldsay Trust in Orkney has received £3,500 to support a community-run island-wide bike rental scheme.

The funding was announced by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson at Cycling Scotland’s annual conference yesterday.

He said: “It’s encouraging to see a range of organisations across Scotland seeking to use cycling to bring communities together. There are so many personal and environmental benefits that come with choosing to cycle.

“We have doubled the active travel budget so that with our partners we can create additional opportunities for people to choose sustainable travel options like cycling.

“By continuing to fund innovative projects like this, we can continue to build an Active Nation, where more people and communities can enjoy the many benefit of walking and cycling.”

Pete Mills, development officer at Cycling Scotland, said: “We’re supporting communities across Scotland to use cycling as a way of achieving their aims.

“From projects that support mental health to those that tackle homelessness, the funding will support the purchase of bikes, equipment and maintenance tools as well as provide training and promote projects locally.

“We’re excited to give more people across Scotland access to bikes and the opportunity to cycle.”