New grant to provide more help for Alyth’s cyclists

Cyclists in Alyth will be be able to get expert help more frequently this year thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

Over the last couple of years, Dr Bike has been a fixture at the Summer and Winter Markets and one or two other community events, doing minor repairs for any cyclist who brings their machine along.  Callum Brooks and Neil Tuer from Alyth Cyclery on Commercial Street provide their expertise for free, along with minor replacement parts such as brake-blocks, if needed, to make sure Alyth’s cyclists are on road-worthy machines.

Callum (left) and Neil (right) pictured at Dr Bike’s base in Old Barony Church, Commercial Street.

The new grant will cover the costs of more frequent events during 2024, including not just the Summer Market in July but pop-ups around the town and perhaps even special sessions at the Primary School and elsewhere.  Dr Bike would be able to handle up to around 10 bikes per session.

Callum explained:  “We’ve run a few Dr Bike sessions in the past and we’ve always struggled with the format as its hard to predict how much work and new parts might be needed on each bike.

“This grant will enable us to run an in-store (and out of store during events) Dr Bike once a month for at least the Spring and Summer, with each session being widely promoted around the town.

“This is a locally-targetted effort to improve the value of each Dr Bike session, encouraging sustainable travel and benefitting the local community.  It’s very much aimed at the daily bicycle user who uses their bike instead of a car, which supports the improvement of the quality of life within the community and helps move transport within the town in a more sustainable direction,” he added.

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

Dr Bike at the Market, thanks to ADT Community Project Fund

Local people and visitors to Alyth Market on 22 July will be able to get their cycles expertly repaired thanks to a grant from Alyth Development Trust’s Community Projects Fund.

The independent panel that judges applications to the Fund has awarded £400 to Alyth Cycles to cover the costs of spare parts and staff provided as part of the “Dr Bike” service.

Alyth Cycles has attended previous markets and other events as Dr Bike, proving very popular and helping to encourage more people to get out and about on their cycles safely.

Dr Bike will be on hand at the Market in and around Alyth’s central Square throughout the Market Day, and if previous outings are anything to go by there’s likely to be a queue of eager cyclists looking to get some TLC for their machines, so get there early!

ADT and the Community Projects Fund panel are delighted to support this initiative once again, as it aligns with Alyth’s commitment to promoting sustainable transport and exercise.

Callum Brooks, who runs Alyth Cycles at The Barony Old Church on Commercial Street, said:  “We’re looking forward to meeting anyone with a bike needing some attention, whether you’re a casual rider or a keen enthusiast.  We’re grateful to the Community Projects Fund for making this possible.”

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  The next deadline for applications to the fund is 15 July.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/

Strathmore Cycle Network – leaflet and map now available

The map shows various routes between Alyth and Rattray, including the newly-built stretch of multi-user path (in red)

The three local development trusts creating the Strathmore Cycle Network have published a leaflet describing the first phase of the ?1.6-million project. The leaflet includes a specially-commissioned map showing the newly-built multi-user path opened late last year, together with the “green routes” – walking and cycling friendly country lanes – recently designated by Perth & Kinross Council. The leaflet also includes useful information about the Network and background on the organisations behind it. The leaflet is being made available in various locations around the district, or you can download a pdf from here. And find out more about the Strathmore Cycle Network on our Projects page.

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