A new electric bike hire scheme is to launch in Fort William, Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey.
Thanks to a new pilot project from Hitrans, residents from across these areas will able to improve their fitness this year.
As the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands, Hitrans aim is to provide a healthy option of transport for people in rural communities as well as making it easier for tourists and locals to get about and explore their scenic regions.
Hitrans have been working with three local business from each of these areas and have volunteered to take part in the pilot scheme.
Basecamp Bikes in Grantown, Mike’s Bikes of Aviemore and Nevis Cycles, located in Fort William, will each be recipients of six e-bikes for people to hire out.
The e-bike project has been funded by the Scottish Government as part of their scheme delivered by the Energy Saving Trust alongside Paths for All.
Allan Henderson, Highland Councillor and chairman of Hitrans, said he was “excited” to take one of the e-bikes out for a spin.
Mr Henderson added: “It’s so great to see Hitrans partnering with volunteer local businesses to deliver these pilot projects that will hopefully encourage more people to try out an e-bike and potentially opt for a more sustainable way to move around the local areas for certain journeys in the future.
“Cycling is one of our most effective, healthy and environmentally friendly forms of transport, and we work closely with many partners to encourage active travel in our area and hopefully these e-bikes can.”