KEY workers in Clackmannan can loan a bike for free during the coronavirus crisis.

Clackmannan Development Trust is looking to support and thank frontline staff by offering a free loan service to allow people to get to and from work.

Scott Bamford, the trust's active travel co-ordinator, said: "There is very little public transport options just now for key workers to get to their place of employment, with the local bus provider suspending their services during this time.

"Taxis can be an expensive option and car sharing is difficult when trying to keep the two metre distancing space.

"So, to remedy this, the trust would like to help our key workers get to where they need to be to enable them to fulfil the vital role that they are providing during crisis."

The free bike loan scheme is possible thanks to funding from Cycling Scotland, which saw the trust purchase a small fleet earlier this year.

And the initiative has already helped local care assistant Louise Ewing who works for a care at home company.

Another person benefitting is Natasha Thompson, who recently started her first ever job at a local supermarket where she prepares the early morning deliveries and found it impossible to get to work in time otherwise.

There are two different styles of bikes in a range of sizes to meet everyone's needs.

Key workers who already own a bike but may need some help with servicing can also receive help from Scott, all outdoors while maintaining social distancing.

For more information, contact Scott on