Scottish Government dishes out more than £600,000 in e-bike funding
The more than half a million pounds of funding will help some of Scotland’s most vulnerable benefit from the use of e-bikes.
The Scottish Government says it has awarded more than £633,000 to support 45 e-bike projects across the country.
Through the latest round of the eBike Grant Fund, delivered through Energy Saving Trust – schools, hospitals and community groups will establish projects to adopt e-bikes, adaptive bikes and e-cargo bikes as an alternative to car journeys.
For the first time, the government says more than £223,000 of this overall funding package is enabling specific projects which directly support key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Golspie, Cycling UK Scotland will work with key workers including NHS staff, carers, shop workers, service providers, and local businesses to provide access through a new pool of 8 e-bikes. In Glasgow and Edinburgh, Simon Community Scotland is being provided with a grant of almost £16,000 to support their outreach work in helping vulnerable people through the assistance of e-bikes.
“In our latest round of funding for e-bikes I’m delighted that more organisations will be able to assist communities and key workers in discovering the benefits of what modern e-bikes can bring,” said Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson.
“To help keep the country moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve targeted some of this funding to support key and essential workers.
“As we work to build an Active Nation and ensure Scotland’s green recovery, I want to see more of our key workers becoming ambassadors for more sustainable travel.
“Many people have discovered new ways of travelling over lockdown and we want to support this and see it continue right across the country.
“I ride an e-bike – and it’s completely transformed what I thought was possible on two wheels. I’m pleased that with this funding more people and communities will discover how e-bikes and e-cargo bikes can meet their transport needs whilst improving Scotland’s air quality, health and sense of well-being.”
Hugh Hill, Director of Services and Development at Simon Community Scotland and Streetwork added: “We were delighted to receive the support of Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust in providing a small fleet of e-bikes to frontline workers.
“More than ever we need to look after our mental and physical health and cycling, even powered, can absolutely do both. We hope to build on this initiative supporting, encouraging and enabling more people to take up cycling as a way of life and a means of transport.”
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