Eco bikes are the way forward says Lochaber group

One of the bikes from the e-bike library made it's way up to Glen Nevis recently.

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A project aimed at helping the people of Lochaber manage their carbon footprint by making everyday changes has been powering ahead.

Climate Challenge Fund.

Funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, Low Carbon Lochaber is a Lochaber Environmental Group (LEG) project.

Transport is a key part of the project and the group have been running an electric bike share scheme in Fort William as well as an e-bike library.

Emma Walters, LRG environmental development officer (travel), explained: ‘Making the shift from short car journeys to cycling can make a big change to your carbon emissions but we recognise that this can be an expensive lifestyle change.

‘For longer, hilly journeys or for people who are injured or who no longer feel fit enough to travel by bicycle regularly an e-bike can make all the difference. E-bikes can be
charged at home; you just plug them in to a domestic plug, and can easily be parked in a
shed or garage.

‘If you think you would like to try one out before making the commitment to buy Lochaber Environmental Group has five bikes available to borrow.

‘The fleet consists of a Trek Powerfly 4 (mountain bike style), two Raleigh Motus, a Trek verve and a Raleigh Centros.

‘The bikes are available for short and long loans and all we ask is that you keep a travel diary so we can record the carbon offset of your journeys for our funders.’

In addition to the power-assisted bikes the group has recently purchased some
accessories for young families to borrow if they are considering travelling by bicycle with children and babies and want to ‘try before they buy’.

‘We have a trailer, two rear-mounted children’s seats, a tag-along bike and a towhee, which converts a child’s bike into a tag-along,’ added Emma.

To borrow any of these items from the library email info@lochaberenviro.org.uk.

LEG are having an E-bike taster ride on Tuesday, August 24. Location An Drochaid (meet at car park). Email info@lochaberenviro.org.uk for more information.

Anyone wishing to know more about the Low Carbon Lochaber project can read more on the website at lochaberenviro.org.uk/