PEOPLE over the age of 50 are set to benefit from bicycle riding programmes for free, thanks to a charity.

Recyke-a-bike in Stirling is set to host its Active Elders – Ever Wished programme this summer, helping people over 50 go from non-riders to confident cyclists.

Experienced and patient staff will help people with the skills required, helping people who have never ridden a bike as well as those who need a boost of confidence.

There are also plans for community rides for people to link up with others as well as more detailed instructions on maintenance.

The initiative is ideal for people wishing to go for a cycle in the park with their grandchildren, for those looking to bike with friends and for residents wanting to visit the shops on two wheels.

Ella Brakefield, operations manager at Recyke-a-bike, said: “If you have always wanted to learn how to ride a bike, but been put off in the past please contact us.

“Our trained, experienced and compassionate staff would love to help you go from a non-rider to a confident and proficient cyclist.

“Please do get in touch for more information, as a reminder the programme is free and funded by Recyke-a-bike.”

Recyke-a-bike, based on Alloa Road in nearby Causewayhead, began as a small recycling social enterprise in 2005 and has been growing over the years, supporting people into employment, education, training and volunteering while stopping bikes from ending up in landfill.

Those interested in the programme can call 01786 447 559 or email