Free bells to ‘Do The Ride Thing’ on the Tweed Valley Railway Path

Photo – Ian Linton

The GO e-Bike project, developed by the South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), is set to launch their latest project ‘Do The Ride Thing,’ at TweedLove’s Family Ride on Sunday 9 June.

‘Do The Ride Thing’ centres around three main messages; good cycling manners, cycling as a positive travel choice and how easy electric bikes make cycling.

The Tweeddale area benefits from an off-road path linking the Tweed Valley towns of Peebles, Innerleithen and Walkerburn. The path is hugely popular with many users including cyclists, walkers, runners and horse-riders among others. ‘Do The Ride Thing’ sets out to encourage good cycling manners when using the path, and cycling in general, to ensure all users feel safe and comfortable while using the path.

At TweedLove’s annual event the GO e-bike Family Ride supported by Frog Bikes all participants will be provided with a Do The Ride Thing bike bell. This aims to encourage the message of good cycling manners on the path and negate the problem of cyclists approaching other users at speed with no warning. A small gesture which will hopefully have a huge benefit to the users of the multi-use path. The event as a whole encourages cycling as a mode of transport, on any sort of bike, and showcases the ease of using the Tweed Valley Railway Path.

Photo – Ian Linton

In addition, it is well-known that adopting cycling as a mode of transport provides many benefits from improved physical and mental health to positive environmental impacts, and it has recently become much easier with the introduction of electric bikes. Tweeddale benefits from its own GO e-bike hub based in Innerleithen to provide the local community access to electric bikes for personal use and electric cargo bikes for the business community, making it easier to adopt cycling as a transport method in the Tweed Valley.

‘Do The Ride Thing,’ will continue to promote these messages through a number of different avenues over the coming months.

The Family Ride event, which is free to participate in, will take participants on a journey along the Tweed Valley Railway path departing from Tweed Green, Peebles at 10.30am on Sunday 9 June. Full details can be found at tweedlove.com.

More information on the ‘Do The Ride Thing’ project is available at dotheridething.co.uk for more information on GO e-Bike visit goebike.scot