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Aberdeenshire Bothy and Fortmartine Area Ranger team up to deliver mental health bike day


By Lewis McBlane

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A BIKE maintenance and e-bike taster day is being set up to help improve mental health.

A publicity poster for the free bike event.
A publicity poster for the free bike event.

Local group The Aberdeenshire Bothy are inviting people along to an event on Wednesday, May 11 which aims to make cycling more accessible so people can enjoy the mental health benefits.

The event at the Ellon Men's Shed on Hospital Road coincides with Mental Health Week and the Aberdeenshire Wellbeing Festival, which both run from Monday, May 9 to Sunday, May 15.

Attendees will learn essential bike maintenance and repair techniques and will have the chance to try high-tech electric bikes.

David Brown, Formartine Area Ranger, was involved in setting up the event.

He said: "Cycling is great for mental and physical health.

"Even greater peace of mind can be enjoyed when we know how to give our bikes a quick safety check before setting off and how to deal with a flat tyre whilst out on the road.

"Join this beginners' workshop with The Aberdeenshire Bothy’s Emma and Anna at our event at Ellon Men’s Shed to learn these simple skills.

"And whilst we’re there, ever wondered about getting an e-bike, but would like to try one out first?

"You can have a go with us!

"Come along 2-3:30 P.M. to be shown how."

For more information about the event, visit The Aberdeenshire Bothy website here: https://www.facebook.com/theaberdeenshirebothy


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