On your bike!

Gorebridge Community Development Trust and Penicuik First have teamed up to encourage local people to get on their bikes throughout October.
Gorebridge Community Development Trust and Penicuik First have teamed up to encourage local people to get on their bikes throughout October.

Local people in Midlothian are being encouraged to get back in the saddle and bring their old bikes into use as part of a national campaign, The Big Bike Revival.

Gorebridge Community Development Trust, along with Penicuik First, have successfully secured funding to hold events throughout October to promote cycling and build on current initiatives across the county to get people enjoying the outdoors on their bike.

A fun and engaging programme has been developed across Midlothian for the Big Bike Revival, with events being centred in Gorebridge and Penicuik.

These will celebrate the joy of cycling with Dr Bike sessions, smoothie bike, cycling storytellers, bike skills and bike safety. Information will also be provided on how to have fun in the saddle, from cycling maps to free bike loans.

Events will get under way this Friday (October 7) with a free bike maintenance session and bike swap at Penicuik market between 1pm and 3pm, which is being run in conjunction with local bike shop, Motivation and Penicuik First.

Further fun bike-related events will be held on October 29 at Gorebridge Park, which will include a day of cycling activities, rides and storytelling.

Stephanie Walker, from Gorebridge Community Development Trust, said the campaign presents an ideal opportunity for both lapsed cyclists and riders new to the activity to get out and about across the area.

She said: “We really want to get people out enjoying the fabulous countryside all around us in Midlothian. October is a great time for people to bring out their bikes, get them fixed up at one of our workshops and come along on a fun ride.

“Gorebridge is being transformed thanks to sustainable transport options, like the Borders Railway, and we want to build on that and encourage people to start using their bikes to get around town, have fun or ride to school or work.”

Ross Laird, local cycling campaigner also said that Penicuik has already taken the initiative to kick-start a number of cycling activities.

He said: “We had a fantastic response from the community to our recent cycling events and maintenance sessions run by Penicuik First and RUTS.

“The Big Bike Revival programme gives us a chance to build on that momentum with yet more events centred in and around Penicuik.”

Further information is available from Ross Laird on 07973 985229 or online at www.bigbikerevival.org.uk