A DEVELOPMENT trust in the Wee County is looking to alleviate the rising burden of fuel prices by encouraging alternative modes of transport.

Clackmannan Development Trust is offering access to bikes and training for people who could consider cycling as an option to cover short distances.

With some great cycling infrastructure already in places across the Wee County, the trust is offering a hand in getting bikes back on the road.

Thanks to funding from Cycling UK, the trust is offering free bike servicing to people in the Clackmannanshire post code area.

This includes parts for up to the value of £50; however, there is a limited budget and so people are being advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

The project is being led by the trust's Scott Bamford who will be fixing up bikes at the Clackmannan Active Travel Hub.

Furthermore, the trust also has two e-bikes and a fleet of hybrid and Dutch style bikes with panniers on offer for six weeks for anyone who is looking to use cycling as their main mode of transport.

People looking for a budget bike, there are also a limited number of second hand children's and adult bicycles.

Scott at the trust is also happy to provide support and guidance on selecting the right ride while helping people improve their skills and confidence.

Fiona Speirs, community development manager at the trust, said: "We are lucky to have Scott as a committed staff member of the trust.

"Scott's enthusiasm has already helped encourage numerous people to get out cycling and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

"This is your chance to access free servicing and training which will give you the equipment and skills to participate too.

"The success of the trust relies on our excellent volunteers and our ability to listen and respond quickly to the needs of our local community.

"If you want to get involved with the CDT to assist in making things better Clackmannan, please get in touch at fspeirs_cdt@outlook.com phone 01259 210765 or 07871 784677."

Looking ahead to October, the trust will be hosting free evening cycle lessons aimed at improving road confidence as the darker months roll in.

Training will include working lights and all the equipment along with journey planning workshops, shopping rides and bike maintenance lessons.

Details and dates for the October sessions will be advertised on the Clackmannan Development Trust Facebook page.