Innovative cycle project forced to close

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East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op, set up several years ago to encourage more children and adults to get on their bikes, has been forced to close.

It is believed the not-for-profit community project has had to shut shop because of a lack of funding.

The website of the Social Enterprise states: “It is with regret that we must call time on this innovative community project with the announcement of the closure of East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-operative (EDs).

“Over a number of years, the ‘project’ promoted cycling to the local community, introducing young and old to the joy of two wheels. Through cycle training and led rides within local schools and nurseries, EDs were involved in many youngsters’ very first experiences on a bike.

“Particularly rewarding were the sessions run with parent and child, many of whom now make time for a regular family cycle. However, this was also about cycling being as accessible as possible, addressed through servicing and maintenance programmes, access to loan bikes and the provision of affordable recycled bikes.

“The definition of ‘more access for all’ was extended to the skatepark facilities provided for a young but burgeoning local community of scooters, skaters and BMXers.

“None of this work would have been possible without your participation and support (including the unwavering support of a smaller number of very passionate people across our community – you know who you are :) ).

“Our community spirit was never more evident than through the annual East Dunbartonshire Cycle Festival, with each year being bigger and better supported than the last. We are proud to have been involved in the development of East Dunbartonshire as one of Scotland’s most progressive ‘cycling communities’.

“While this note is tinged with sadness EDs has already had a significant legacy impact. As an early trailblazer and template for other local community cycling initiatives the work started here at EDs continues locally but also elsewhere across Scotland.

“Watching East Dunbartonshire get on its collective bike has been our very great pleasure. Pedal on.”

ED’s Cycle Co-op is a not for profit Community Social Enterprise registered as a Scottish Company. There are currently three members of the board, who are all volunteers for the project.

Alasdair Macdonald is a committed cyclist, former Head Teacher at secondary schools, and currently a Sustrans Group Co-ordinator for Glasgow.

Alan Stevenson is a local parent with children attending a Bishopbriggs primary school.

Anne McNair is a keen cyclist and currently a local East Dunbartonshire councillor for the North Bishopbriggs & Torrace Ward.