£70,000 grant to get them on their bikes

A project aimed at encouraging more peope in Angus to get on their bikes and enjoy cycling has been given a £70,000 funding boost.

The Angus Cycle Hub, which organises the Forfar-based Angus Cycling Festival, has been awarded the grant by the NHS Community Innovation Fund.

Scott Francis, who runs the hub as a social enterprise, said he is “thrilled” to have received the funding.

He continued: “We have been battling for a number of years to try and kick-start cycling infrastructure for the region and the money will make a positive difference to people’s lives, allowing us to promote cycling as an affordable means of sustainable transport which has proven health benefits.”

The money will be used to help provide opportunities within the local community to people who previously could not access cycling. It will also help to create one full time post for a cycling development officer and a part-time community mechanic post.

Working with Angus Council and Voluntary Action, the group will also develop a bike recycling scheme in the Forfar and Arbroath areas which will recondition unwanted and unloved bikes. Bikes can be donated to the project by handing them in at the Voluntary Action Angus offices in Arbroath and Forfar or can be collected be telephoning Angus Cycle Hub on 01241 890722 or emailing info@anguscyclehub.co.uk