E-Bike taster session to be held at Ellon

Residents of Ellon are being encouraged to get on their E-Bike in February.

A partnership between Aberdeenshire Council, Ythan Cycle Club and Grampian Cycle Partnership is aiming to introduce a new audience to electric bikes to promote the benefits and dispel any myths associated with pedal assisted or electric bikes.

A special taster session is being held in the town’s Gordon Park on Saturday, February 15 from 11am-1pm.

As part of its award-winning Integrated Travel Town project approach, Aberdeenshire Council hopes to encourage more people into cycling and help achieve objectives around sustainability and climate change. 

The drop-in session hosted by the partners will include advice from CyclingUk and Sustrans together with opportunities to try out an E-Bike.

Several types will be available from commuter-style and mountain options to a cargo bike and an adaptive version.

Local residents are also being encouraged to bring along their own E-Bikes to share their own experiences and help others in the decision-making process.

Chris Menzies, Aberdeenshire Council’s Transportations Strategy Team Leader, explained: “With the issues around climate change high on the agenda, anything we can do to encourage a simple change in behaviour which reduces carbon emissions has to be welcomed. 

“Bikes might not be the answer for everyone, but E-Bikes are a fantastic enabler as either a commuting option or for a quick trip to the local shop - it all makes a difference. The cargo bike has been made available by Aberdeenshire Council to a number of businesses over the past year and has proven to be a contender for small local deliveries.”