Families throughout Ferguslie are gearing up to get on their bikes for an annual community bike ride through the area this weekend.
Organised by Own Yer Bike, the popular event is returning for a second time on Saturday following its successful launch in 2019.
Around 60 cyclists of all ages are set to turn out at the village green in Ferguslie to pedal their way around the 5km route, which was created by Own Yer Bike to encourage people to make the most of their bikes and their community.
Marc Small, who founded the organisation, came up with the idea as he and volunteers began providing hundreds of people throughout Renfrewshire with refurbished bikes.
He explained: “We had all these people that we were providing with new bikes and we wanted to give them something to do in the local area.
“I thought about 50 people might turn up, if that, but we got a really good response.
“We take them right around Ferguslie and people don’t realise they are cycling 5km without even leaving the area.
“People really seem to enjoy it and we are glad that we are able to put it on again after missing out on it last year due to the pandemic.”
The event is completely free, and all people have to do on the day is turn up with their bikes.
The route will start at the village green at noon and will take around 30 minutes to complete, passing St Mirren football ground and going through Glencoats Park.
The cycle aims to help celebrate the community of Ferguslie as well as encouraging families to get active together.
Following the cycle, Marc and other Own Yer Bike volunteers have organised a fun day for families with an array of stalls, food and activities for youngsters – including a bouncy castle.
The Tannahill Centre, Pals of the Privies and Darkwood Crew have also signed up to help put on a fun all-day event for families.
The previous community cycle saw hundreds of people turn up to make the most of the activities on offer – and Marc is hoping for a similar success this year.
He added: “We had hundreds of people for the last one and it is looking like we are going to get similar numbers this year which is great.
“I think after everything that has happened in the last year, people are looking forward to getting out and doing things in the community.”
Anyone who would like to come along but is in need of a bike can contact Own Yer Bike on Facebook.