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More than £19,000 has been given to an en­vi­ron­men­tal group to en­cour­age cy­cling in Ren­frew­shire.

Lo­cal En­ergy Ac­tion Plan ( LEAP) has been given £ 19,600 from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Cy­cle Friendly Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Fund.

The fund sup­ports projects us­ing bikes to bring dif­fer­ent and di­verse com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

LEAP plans to use the cash to buy an e- bike, park­ing equip­ment and ses­sional costs in­volved in set­ting up a pool bike scheme.

It ex­pects the scheme will work in a sim­i­lar way to its car club where peo­ple rent out one of the elec­tric cars parked in Lin­wood, Lochwin­noch and Bridge of Weir.

More than £ 330,000 has been given out to 28 groups across Scot­land via the fund.

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for Trans­port, In­fra­struc­ture and Con­nec­tiv­ity Michael Math­e­son said: “It ’ s en­cour­ag­ing to see a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions across Scot­land seek­ing to use cy­cling to bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

“There are so many per­sonal and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits that come with choos­ing to cy­cle.

“By con­tin­u­ing to fund in­no­va­tive projects like this, we can con­tinue to build an ac­tive na­tion, where more peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties can en­joy the many ben­e­fit of walk­ing and cy­cling.”

Pete Mills, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Cy­cling Scot­land, added: “From projects that sup­port ment a l health to those that tackle home­less­ness, the fund­ing will sup­port the pur­chase of bikes, equip­ment and main­te­nance tools as well as pro­vide train­ing and pro­mote projects lo­cally.

“We’re ex­cited to give more peo­ple across Scot­land ac­cess to bikes and the op­por­tu­nity to cy­cle.”

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