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Pensioners’ pedal power has pitched up in Pittencrieff Park.

The first group of cyclists have got on their bikes to enjoy an exhilarating ride around the jewel in Dunfermline’s crown.

However they won’t get breathless, thanks to the arrival in Fife of an international movement known as Cycling Without Age.

Fife Council has trained a group of 11 volunteers, known as pilots, who will offer free bike rides to older people, or those with mobility problems.

It means they can sit back and enjoy the sights of the Glen from a bespoke trishaw bike.

Local care homes are already lining up to offer it as a new activity for residents.

The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust has bought two trishaws and the council has funded a £90,000 refurbishment of the park’s aviary buildings to house the bikes and offer meeting rooms and toilets.

Labour councillor Helen Law, the City of Dunfermline convener, said it was fantastic to see the pilots welcoming people, who may not have been on a bike for many years, to the park.

She added it is about much more than that – it is also giving the chance to chat, share stories and see the park from a new perspective.



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