Oldmeldrum Community

Project Trial Phase Three

Jan – March 2022

First away

Community E-Bikes

This is the third of our community ebike hire periods to explore the demand and viability of a community based e-bike hire scheme in Oldmeldrum.

For winter we are offering full week hires for a very reasonable cost. The uncertain weather means you might not be able to use the bike every day so having the machine for at least a full week will allow you more flexibility.

We will require a brief feedback report of your usage during the hire period and hope that participants will be willing to consider volunteering to help us develop the project further.

This project is an innovation  by
Meldrum Paths Group 


Hiring an E-Bike

We have 4 e-bikes available for hire this time

2 Step-Through commuter type bikes. Suitable for mainly road use.
2 Hard-Tail eMTBs suitable for both road and moderate trail rides.

Hires will be charged at £20 per bike per  week in January and February and £25 per week in March.
Bikes will be available to adults only (18+). 
We will consider price concessions on request. If you feel you need this just ask.

Customers will be met and handovers completed outdoors. Covid-19 rules, social distancing etc will be observed. All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected between hires

To hire your bike scroll   down and keep reading. 


Its really easy to use.

Ebikes are really easy to use. We will provide safety equipment and a charger and show you how to use them.

There is a simple hire agreement and identity check (Photo ID preferred) and you will need to be able to store the bikes securely and use the provided locks when not in use.


Where can I go?

We really want you to use the bikes to replace car journeys and also to increase your outdoor activity. Consider using one to commute to work or for other essential journeys such as shopping. Its great to use them for leisure as well 🙂 The battery will take care of the hills for you! 

If you are still unsure we can organise an accompanied ride for your first go.

We would ask you not to transport the bikes away from Oldmeldrum. Our trial is all about choosing sustainable local active travel and leaving the car at home for relatively short journeys and leisure rides. 

Who can hire?

The bikes are available to adult (18+) residents of Oldmeldrum, Bourtie and the surrounding local area.

We expect that hires will be collected and returned by riding the bikes. We’d prefer you not to transport the bikes in vehicles. We want you to ride them away and back. 

We expect that you will have sufficient cycling ability to ride the bikes on quieter roads and trails. We also expect that you will follow the highway code when riding the bikes.

We will provide lights and a helmet. You should provide your own cycle clothing including hi-vis if necessary. We will also provide a lock which you must use to secure the bike to an immovable object when you are not using the ebike.

See here for the full conditions of hire


Why e-bike?

This trial project is about helping you to experience using an e-bike at an affordable price. E-bikes really can help you to leave the car at home. Use it for necessary journeys.

A leisure ride, commuting by bike, a trip to the shops, a local journey, a delivery.

E-bikes are also great fun and make it possible for people of different abilities to cycle safely together for leisure. While you will still have to pedal, the hills are much less of a problem thanks to the battery and motor assist.

If your partner is already a cyclist you’ll be able to keep up or even overtake them on the hills!

The range is in excess of 50km per charge.


Information and Research

Our project began back in April 2021 with a 4 week trial. This time we are back with a second 4 week trial but slightly different in design.

We will ask you to provide a few details about your plans for the bike and your arrangements for looking after it during the hire.

We will also ask you to keep a diary of your journeys and fill in a short questionnaire about how you used the bike. This will help us to shape the project for the future.


Who Are we?

EbikeMeldrum  is a project by
Meldrum Paths Group

The bikes we are using for the trial are being provided by Huntly and District Development Trust and we thank them for their support.

We intend to use this trial to provide the roots of a sustainable community enterprise linking our communities and reducing carbon emissions.


Get involved

We would be glad to hear form interested individuals or local businesses who could help us to take this project forward.

Get in touch at ebike@oldmeldrum.org