GRAB A GRANT FROM VA­LEN­CIA

Re­gional govern­ment of­fers a num­ber of aid schemes to boost econ­omy

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page - By Dave Jones

THE VA­LEN­CIA govern­ment has given de­tails on a num­ber of grant schemes that will be avail­able to res­i­dents liv­ing in the prov­inces of Ali­cante, Va­len­cia and Castel­lón.

One of the most eye-catch­ing is the sum of up to €250 which will be on of­fer to en­cour­age the pur­chase of bi­cy­cles and elec­tric scoot­ers.

Va­len­cia pres­i­dent Ximo Puig said his govern­ment wants to pro­mote sus­tain­able means of trans­port.

Res­i­dents can also ap­ply for sub­si­dies to re­form their homes.

Re­gional hous­ing coun­cil­lor Rubén Martínez Dal­mau said they are try­ing to pro­mote the green re­con­struc­tion model set out by Eu­ro­pean in­sti­tu­tions, which fo­cuses on restora­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and re­new­able en­er­gies.

GRANTS of up to €250 will be of­fered by the Va­len­cia govern­ment to en­cour­age the pur­chase of bi­cy­cles and elec­tric scoot­ers.

The mea­sure is de­signed to ‘fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to bi­cy­cles’ and ‘gen­er­ate a cul­ture’ which pro­motes this sus­tain­able means of trans­port, ac­cord­ing to re­gional pres­i­dent Ximo Puig.

His govern­ment has set aside fund­ing of €30 mil­lion for this scheme and to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture for cy­clists.

Sr Puig said this will help the re­gion to ‘con­struct a new re­al­ity’ in which towns are more eco­log­i­cally ori­en­tated.

He ex­plained that res­i­dents in the Va­len­cia re­gion will be able to ap­ply for the grants from June 15 through spe­cialised shops which are in­cluded in the cam­paign.

This will also give a boost to the small busi­nesses in­volved, he noted.

Sr Puig dis­cussed the pro­pos­als via video link with busi­ness lead­ers and cy­cling as­so­ci­a­tions, in­clud­ing the ‘Co­or­di­nadora en De­fensa de la Bici’ plat­form.

Also on the agenda is the con­struc­tion of an im­proved net­work of cy­cle paths in towns around the re­gion.

Re­gional coun­cil­lor for trans­port Ar­cadi Es­paña stressed that cy­cling al­lows so­cial dis­tanc­ing and also pre­serves air qual­ity in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas.

Grants

The Va­len­cia govern­ment ex­plained that grants will cover ‘con­ven­tional’ bi­cy­cles, elec­tric bikes and elec­tric scoot­ers.

The amounts avail­able are: €75 for an or­di­nary bi­cy­cle which can­not cost more than €500; €150 for a bi­cy­cle which can carry a child that can­not cost more than €700; €250 for an elec­tric bi­cy­cle which can­not cost more than €1,400; and €75 an elec­tric scooter which can­not cost more than €450.

The grants will be pro­cessed by the re­gional bi­cy­cle of­fice (Ofic­ina Va­len­ciana de la Bi­ci­cleta), which is cur­rently be­ing set up by the re­gional govern­ment.

The shops in­cluded in the scheme will be posted on a web page set up by the re­gional trans­port depart­ment (Con­sel­le­ria de Movil­i­dad).

Res­i­dents will have to fill in pa­per­work for the grant at the store where they make their pur­chase.

“Once this has been ap­proved then they can ben­e­fit from the grant in the form of a dis­count when they make their pur­chase,” ex­plains a depart­ment press re­lease.

As soon as more in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on par­tic­i­pat­ing out­lets it will be pub­lished in Costa Blanca News.

Cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture

The lion’s share of the fund­ing will be made avail­able to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture for cy­clists in towns and cities.

Sr Es­paña said this would in­crease safety for cy­clists in ur­ban ar­eas.

Re­gional bi­cy­cle of­fice

Sr Es­paña ex­plained that this new of­fice will help to pro­mote cy­cling in the re­gion.

“It will deal with dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tives to en­cour­age cy­cling and sin­gle per­son ve­hi­cles and also serve as an in­for­ma­tion point for this sus­tain­able method of trans­port,” he noted.

The of­fice will pro­duce stud­ies/re­ports, de­velop apps to use cy­cling routes, and help with road safety ed­u­ca­tion, amongst other roles.

Thumbs up

Re­gional cy­cling as­so­ci­a­tions have praised the move.

They said they have been ask­ing for such mea­sures for decades.

They added that it is now nec­es­sary to build on the ini­tia­tive and re­ally im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture for cy­cling around the re­gion with new cy­cle paths and bi­cy­cle stops, etc.

The re­gional govern­ment wants to pro­mote cy­cling

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