GRAB A GRANT FROM VALENCIA
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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