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Oban Cycles is taking part in a national scheme to help people get back in the saddle.
It is one of 300 bike shops and projects in Scotland involved in the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme.
The scheme offers up to £50 towards the repair or service of a bike, a non-standard cycle or manual wheelchair – including adults, children’s and electric bikes.
It is aimed at people who would otherwise struggle to afford to have their bike serviced or repaired, and the hope is to get bikes out of sheds and garages across the country and back in to regular use.
Christina Turtle, owner of Oban Cycles in George Street, explained that the shop is open between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and those wanting to take part in the scheme should get in touch to book their slot.
She said: ‘We are delighted to be part of the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme. We’ve had a really good response which shows there is a real need here.
‘People want to exercise safely and to maintain social distancing, so cycling is ideal for that. As well as keeping fit and healthy, they can also use their bikes for essential journeys like getting to work or the shops while avoiding public transport.’
Shona Morris, Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme programme manager at Cycling UK, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see so many bike shops and community organisations getting involved in this scheme.
‘The Covid crisis has hit many people hard, so we know it can be difficult to pay for essential bike repairs right now.
‘We’d encourage those people to dig their bike out of the shed or garage, get it fixed up and get riding again.’
Nationwide, around 30,000 people are set to benefit from the scheme, which is funded by Transport Scotland and administered by Cycling UK.
The scheme offers free repairs until May 31.