A bike club which started up in the Gallatown just over two years ago to teach youngsters basic skills has developed into a thriving community hub.
Gallatown Bike Club and Co-op has led to youngsters in the area achieving bike mechanic qualifications – and giving people who couldn’t otherwise afford a bicycle the use of renovated one, helping them to travel to jobs and attend college.
A celebration of the work of the group, which runs from Gallatown park Bowling Club, as part of the Link Up project, was held recently.
The club runs every Wednesday night from 6-8pm for all ages and teaches local people how to fix bicycles and turn their rusty bucket of bolts into a silky dream machine.
If people don’t own a bike, they can pick a donated frame and ‘build a bike’ for free, with help from a volunteer mechanic. To date, the group has helped over 150 local people pedal a bike away for free. It also runs rides around Kirkcaldy and beyond and can put people through a City & Guilds qualification in bicycle mechanics.
The club, in partnership with the Gallatown Gala and Community group, was recently awarded £5000 from Cycling Scotland to buy a fleet of junior mountain bikes and adult tricycles, to help people with health and mobility issues to be able to join in the fun.
Jordan Maclean, who attends regularly and is starting his second road bike build, said: “It’s amazing – I couldn’t fix a puncture a year ago and now I’m building whole bikes.”
Active Fife is using the club’s evaluation to look at how the project can be replicated in other areas of Fife.