The Dalbeattie Community Ebike Project: Promoting Cycling and Community Connections

The Dalbeattie Community Ebike project is a local initiative that aims to promote cycling and provide free group cycle rides for individuals of all abilities using electric bikes.

Exploring Ebikes: An Introduction

What is an ebike? An ebike has a small electric motor which assists the rider whilst pedalling up to a maximum speed of 15.5 mph. Ebikes reduce the effort needed to pedal and are a great way to get back into cycling, improve fitness, or as an alternative to using a vehicle for transport.

Trained Volunteers Leading the Way

Who leads the rides? Rides are led by trained volunteers from the Dalbeattie Community Initiative. There are opportunities to join the project as a volunteer and benefit from cycle ride leader and first aid training courses.

Exploring Dalbeattie and Beyond: Ride Locations

Where do rides take place? Rides start and finish in Dalbeattie and use a mixture of quiet roads, cycle paths, and woodland tracks. Ride route, length, and timing are matched to the aims and abilities of participants. The team behind the project will include plenty of opportunities to rest, chat, or practice cycling skills.

Cost-Free Participation for All

Is there any cost to join a ride? No, the project is free for participants and volunteers. The project is managed by the Dalbeattie Community Initiative and supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Sustrans, and Cycling UK.

Getting Involved: How to Join a Ride

How do I find out more or book a ride? Please contact Tom at the Dalbeattie Community Initiative. Email: [email protected] Phone: 07835 821976. Facebook & Twitter: @DCIEbike.

Equipment Provided for a Hassle-Free Experience

Do I need any equipment to join a ride? No, bikes and helmets are provided. We have a range of sizes of bikes with several easy entry models.

Dressing for Comfort and Safety

What should I wear for a ride? Comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for the weather conditions.

Exploring Future Possibilities

Can I loan a bike from the project on a long-term basis? Our bikes are used for group rides, so they are not available for loan or purchase at this time.

Tom Marshall’s Perspective: Expanding Opportunities

Quote from Tom Marshall who works at the Dalbeattie Community Initiative: “We aim to get people out on bikes who’ve maybe not cycled for a long time, or who wouldn’t consider themselves cyclists. So it’s really good to have the summer of cycling, particularly in the precinct Galloway, having the para-cycling, because that’s maybe seeing different types of cycling, or different people out there. Our plans for the future are to expand the range of bikes we offer, and to offer a wider range of rides, so more people feel like they can come along and cycle. We’re really looking forward to getting involved with the summer of cycling in Dumfries & Galloway.”