Did you know that Dufftown is surrounded by lovely trails that are great for cycling? Have you heard that you can hire an eBike for £15 per day, and get interest free loans towards buying your own eBike? We are passionate about promoting active travel and during November we joined both national and local cycling organisations to provide free cycle activities here in Dufftown!
On Sunday 20th November, we brought our wide range of eBikes down to the Royal British Legion car park for people to come along and give them a try. 14 people from Dufftown and the surrounding communities tried our hybrids, mountain bikes, kids bikes and recumbent bikes. Perhaps the most exciting one was our eTrike. It takes a while to get used to the steering when on three rather than two wheels but once you get the hang of it, the trike is great fun. People of all ages came along on the day – some cycle regularly and others had not been on a bike for 50 years. Majority had not cycled on an electric bike before and it was lovely to see people’s faces when they experienced how easy it is to use an eBike.
On the day, we were joined by the local social enterprise Tyred n Cranky, who provide mobile bike servicing and various cycle activities. We are very grateful that Tim and Darren have come along to Dufftown several weekends in November to do free bike servicing of people’s bikes and taught them basic roadside repairs for bikes. In case you still have a bike sitting in the shed and needs some TLC, Tyred n Cranky are hoping to come back to the Dufftown Royal British Legion car park in 2023.
As if we weren’t spoiled enough with bike activities in Dufftown, Cycling UK also came along to the RBL car park with a variety of different eCargo bikes for people to try out. These are a perfect alternative to small delivery businesses using cars. They are also great for individuals and families that wish to reduce the use of their car. With the electric assistance, it is easy to take your shopping or kids on the cargo bikes.
Last but not least, Outfit Moray visited Mortlach Primary School in November to provide Bikeability training for the P4s!
If you missed the bike activities in November, you can hire our eBikes here in Dufftown on our website. We hope to organise more led rides in 2023 – make sure to watch this space for more information.