Cycle commute project receives funding boost

A project encouraging people to commute to work by e-bike from the Carron Valley has been recognised for its role in promoting decarbonisation on a local scale.

The Valley Renewables Group (VRG), a community development trust which administers the community benefit funds from the Earlsburn and Kingsburn Wind Farms, won the award and £6,000 at wind farm owner Falck Renewables’ second annual community award dinner at Dunblane Hydro.

Barbara Wilson, secretary of the VRG, said: “Most of the Carron Valley’s residents who don’t work on their own farms commute to Stirling, Falkirk and beyond on a daily basis. These journeys are relatively short and easily commutable by bicycle – seven miles takes you from hill farms, through rolling woodlands, to civilisation and rail links of central Scotland.

“Our project aims to take the pain out of cycling by promoting greater use of e-bikes. Although the morning pedal powered commute down from the Carron Valley is ideal with barely a need to turn a cog, the return trip at the end of the working day is more daunting – unless you are in training for the mountain stages of the Tour de France!

“We have already provided financial support for the purchase of more than half a dozen e-bikes and these are already transforming the health of those who take to the saddle. This £6,000 from Falck Renewables will make a real difference to the project and the health of the residents of the Carron Valley.”

Richard Dibley, managing director of Falck Renewables Wind, said: “Our partnerships with the local communities around our wind farms are invaluable and at our annual awards dinner we celebrate the incredible variety of projects which are making a real difference to their areas. We were very impressed by the Valley Renewables Group’s commitment to reducing the community’s carbon footprint as well as improving the health of residents and we hope this award will inspire many new e-bike users.”

In the picture Rob Ferguson, treasurer of VRG, receiving the decarbonisation award from Richard Dibley, managing director of Falck Renewables Wind.