A NEW bus service for mountain bikers between Edinburgh and Glentress started last month.
Originally from Peebles, Karl Mott set up the service after being a car-less student in Edinburgh who found it difficult to get to the Tweeddale trails.
The business studies graduate said: “It’s providing an alternative for people, nobody is doing anything like this. It’s been steady so far.”
The eight-seater minibus has a trailer which can carry 10 bikes and runs twice a day at the weekends and on Wednesday evenings, costing £15 return for an adult, £10 for a child.
The company is currently running an online survey to see what times best suit people.
A qualified mountain bike leader, Mr Mott – who has raced road and mountain bikes – also offers introductory guiding for beginners and intermediate riders at Glentress.
“It’s for people who’ve never been, to show them round and give them a bit of reassurance,” he said.
Lib Dem transport spokesman and Borders MSP Jim Hume said: “This is a great service for people wanting to use Glentress and who don’t have access to a car.
“I hope it continues to thrive so many more people can benefit from these world-class mountain biking facilities.”
For more information ring 07549 145634 or visit www.bikebusglentress.co.uk.