Funding for e-Bikes continues across Scotland

Scotland’s e-Bike Grant Fund has provided over 100 e-Bikes to 19 organisations across the country for the 2019/20 period.

More than £273,000 has been awarded from the Scottish Government in the third round of the grant, with additional sums expected by the end of the year.

Since the initiative began, over 600 e-Bikes have been funded to provide support to community organisations, local authorities, public sector agencies, colleges and universities.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to help a further 19 organisations procure e-Bikes or e-Cargo bikes in 2019 so far. This is part of our ambition to develop an Active Nation, where more people have opportunities to walk and cycle than ever before.”

The most recent funding coincides with World Car Free Day, continues Matheson: “I’m committed to ensuring that people can access and experience e-Bikes in their communities in an affordable manner – in order to offer active and exciting opportunities to travel more sustainably as part of everyday journeys.”

According to Ellie Grebenik, Senior Programme Manager at Scottish Transport Energy Saving Trust, the third round of funding will be put towards the purchase of 113 e-Bikes and 11 e-Cargo bikes, as well as four e-Trikes and three trailers across 19 organisations.

“The use of e-Bikes and e-Cargo bikes helps to reduce transportation costs and lower emissions, improving local air quality,” she explained. “It also provides a great example of active travel for business and organisational use.”

The e-Bike Grant Fund is still accepting applications from the public and third sector applicants, with full details available on the Trust’s website.

Hayley Everett

Multimedia Reporter

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