PEOPLE in Clackmannan will this week have the chance to get a taste of a soon-to-be-launched electronic bike scheme heading for the wider area.

As Forth Bike is set to bring its e-bike scheme to Alloa Train Station and other locations in the Wee County, Scott Bamford, active travel co-ordinator at Clackmannan Development Trust (CDT), has decided to offer people a try-out.

The electric pedal assist or 'pedelec' bikes use a small electric motor to support the rider as they turn the wheels, useful uphill or against strong headwind.

Scott will be setting up a stall with refreshments by the Tolbooth on the Main Street on Friday, August 2, and Monday, August 5, between 3pm and 6pm.

People over the age of 16, with some form of ID, are encouraged to head along and give the bikes a try, he will have one on loan from the Stirling Bike Hub.

The co-ordinator will also be asking people to complete CDT survey for the proposed Bunkhouse Project in the town, which has already generated much interest.

Scott said: "E-bikes are a great way to get about.

"They take the sting out of steep hills and really smooth out a journey which allows people to travel much further than they think.

"I want to give the people of Clackmannan the chance to experience this for themselves.

"A minimum level of cycle confidence is needed to ride an e-bike for the first time, but they are easy to master."

Anyone who is not able to make it along to the demonstration events can call the trust on 01259 219 473 to arrange a time in the afternoons until Friday, August 9.

CDT will also be applying for a grant through the Energy Savings Trust to secure four e-bikes of its own for Clackmannan while supporting the Forth Bike scheme with a view that the town should have its very own docking station.

In terms of local docking stations, it is hoped that one at Alloa Train Station will be up and running in August while others are planned for Tillicoultry and Dollar.

Meanwhile the trust was successful in a bid to secure nine traditional adult bikes, which will soon be available for rent for those who do not have access to one.

Scott is also looking to offer one-to-one cycle lessons for adults over the summer, call 01259 219 473 to make an appointment.

He is cracking on with the development of the Saddle Up Clackmannan programme as well, created by volunteer cycle ride leaders.

The next ride, giving local people an opportunity to get in a bike in a friendly group environment, will be to Kincardine on Sunday, August 11, from 2pm – meet outside Clackmannan Health Centre.

Email or call the above number for more details.