£1.3m to get more Scots on elec­tric bikes

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

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.”

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