Innovative ED cycle project forced to shut shop

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East Dunbartonshire Cycle Co-op, set up to encourage more children and adults to get on their bikes, has had to close.

It is believed the not-for-profit community project shut up shop because of a lack of funding.

The website of the Social Enterprise states: “It is with regret we must call time on this innovative community project.

“Over a number of years, the ‘project’ promoted cycling to the local community, introducing young and old to the joy of two wheels. Through cycle training and led rides within local schools and nurseries, EDs were involved in many youngsters’ very first experiences on a bike.

“However, this was also about cycling being as accessible as possible, addressed through servicing and maintenance programmes, access to loan bikes and the provision of affordable recycled bikes.

ED’s Cycle Co-op was a not for profit Community Social Enterprise registered as a Scottish Company. There were three members on the board, all volunteers for the project: Alasdair Macdonald, a Sustrans Group Co-ordinator for Glasgow, local parent Alan Stevenson and East Dunbartonshire Councillor Anne McNair.