The Green Health Partnership launches e-bike initiative

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The Green Health Partnership, which is a collaboration between NHS Tayside, Dundee City Council, Volunteer Dundee and Dundee Voluntary Action, has launched a new initiative to get more people out on bikes.

The Re-DISCOVER Dundee pilot project aims to encourage cycling amongst older people, first-time cyclers and those who are returning to cycling for the first time in years.
The project has a particular focus on the aging population facing inactivity and isolation to join in guided rides on e-bikes as an opportunity to stay active and re-discover our nearby green spaces.

Each cycle ride will have a maximum of eight participants and will be led by trained volunteers who will ensure the group experience fun, safe and fully-supported cycle rides.

Director of Public Health Dr Drew Walker said “The Green Health Partnership is working closely with communities in Dundee and providing e-bikes and e-trikes to help people build their confidence to get out cycling. Our aim in Dundee is to have a vibrant city where people can walk and cycle as often as possible because it makes us feel better.”

The Green Health Partnership successfully secured £15,000 of funding from the Energy Saving Trust to buy two e-bikes, eight e-trikes and one trailer. The finding was announced by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity during Climate Week in October and was matched in-kind by a combination of public and third sector organisations and community groups, in the form of storage facilities, equipment and bikes’ maintenance, volunteer management or promotion.

DuKNFPgXgAAl6-d.jpgDundee is the first city in Scotland to pilot e-trike rides. One of the advantages of e-trike riding is the increased stability, so even those who have poor balance or limited confidence in riding can enjoy a spin safely and comfortably. Also, e-trikes will give riders an extra boost if required, making cycling more accessible to more people, regardless of their fitness levels and ability.

Re-DISCOVER Dundee is encouraging community groups and individuals to get in touch with rediscover@volunteerdundee.org.uk if they wish to give it a try it or be part of the regular programme of cycle rides.

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