A national project encouraging thousands of people to cycle for everyday journeys is coming to Lewis.
The Big Bike Revival, an award-winning programme developed by Cycling UK and funded by Transport Scotland, helps people in Scotland to bring their bikes back into use by providing bike checks, sharing maintenance know-how and giving people more confidence in the saddle.
Partnered by 100 community groups and bicycle recycling centres across the country, the Big Bike Revival aims to reach thousands of people to encourage them to get cycling again and to replace short car journeys.
In 2016, around 8,000 people participated across Scotland; this year events will run until 17 June to encourage even more people to cycle for everyday trips.
The Embark Community Cycling Project in Stornoway, a Volunteering Hebrides initiative, has been awarded Big Bike Revival funding to deliver activities in the local community.
Volunteer Hebrides is a Third Sector Hebrides subsidiary, focussed on volunteer opportunities.
The first of a series of events includes a Cycling Treasure Hunt! Volunteering Hebrides will launch The Embark Community Cycling Project on Saturday 17th June from the newly renovated Cycle Hub on Willowglen corner, Stornoway.
Cyclists are invited to come along, register in teams of four and set off on a cycling treasure hunt around the castle grounds.
Team registrations take place from 12:00 and the treasure hunt will start at 13:00.
Refreshments and a welcomed sit-down will be available afterwards in the Cycle Hub café. Entry and refreshments are free of charge and the winning team will get a cash prize of £100.
Tina Macleod, Development Manager, Volunteering Hebrides, taking part in the Big Bike Revival said: “The Embark Community Cycling Project is delighted to be involved in the Big Bike Revival in Scotland and help deliver its core missions on a local level. With help from our fully certified cycle ride leaders we are here to support people challenge the “fear” of cycling with fun, easy, get-started cycling techniques for beginners and those who’ve not cycled for a while.
Cycling UK’s Head of Development Scotland, Suzanne Forup said: “The Big Bike Revival in Scotland reached communities across the length and breadth of Scotland in 2016, from small rural villages to local communities in our biggest cities.
”This year we are delighted to partner with the Volunteering Hebrides in Stornoway to help people fall back in love with cycling again.”
To find Big Bike Revival events in Stornoway, visit www.bigbikerevival.org.uk