£1.3m to get more Scots on electric bikes
Scottish ministers are investing £1.3 million to encourage more people to start using electric bicycles.
Interest-free loans of up to £3,000 are being made available for those looking to buy the new type of cycles, which work like a conventional bike but have a battery and motor.
Individuals and businesses will be able to apply for the loans as part of the £500,000 Low-Carbon Transport Loan Fund.
Meanwhile, the E-bike Grant Fund will distribute £700,000 to councils, public sector bodies and community groups for schemes such as e-bike pools, secure parking and safety equipment.
“E-bikes offer as much assistance as the rider needs”
A further £100,000 from this scheme will allow people to test ride e-bikes at some community centres, Home Energy Scotland advice centres and active travel hubs.
Rural economy and connectivity secretary Fergus Ewing announced the cash ahead of the Scottish Transport Summit in Glasgow.
He said: “E-bikes can be a great way of getting started with active travel as they offer as much assistance as the rider needs.”