The second round of the highly successful eBike Grant Fund will see 27 organisations and community groups across Scotland share over £462,000.
The eBike Grant Fund is focused on providing support to community organisations, local authorities, public sector agencies, colleges and universities through direct grants or match funding. It ensures that people across Scotland can access the benefits of e-bikes in an affordable way.
The second round includes high impact and innovative projects which will help unlock e-mobility across Scotland. Transport for Edinburgh will receive 37 e-bikes to include in their shared cycle scheme. The Shetland Community Bike Project has partnered with the NHS to promote staff, visitors and residents to use twelve new e-bikes to commute between sites of interest, employment, and local services. In St Andrews an e-cargo bike is being provided to support sustainable transport on campus and deliver local farm produce to the market.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:
“This is an incredibly popular fund and I’m proud that this government can support a further 27 e-bike projects across Scotland in its second round.
“There are so many benefits to e-bikes and e-cargo bikes, but for many, the latest advances in e-mobility technology remain unaffordable. While we all anticipate price drops in the future, I’m committed to ensuring that people can access and experience e-bikes in their communities, so that we increase opportunities for people to switch to sustainable, affordable and exciting modes of transportation.
“If your route is longer or involves hilly terrain, e-bikes offer as much assistance as you need, whether you are commuting, delivering or just enjoying some time outdoors.
“We’ve maintained our record funding for active travel and we will continue to develop innovative projects to build an Active Nation, where more people can enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling than ever before.”
Matthew Eastwood, Head of Transport at Energy Saving Trust said:
“The eBike Grant Fund supports public and third sector organisations to enable behaviour change through the increased uptake of sustainable and active travel, in the form of e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, and adapted bikes.
“Applications have come from a wide range of organisations including NHS Trusts, local authorities and charities. This will help make e-bikes available to a wide audience, facilitating access to employment, education, and local services. In addition, the shift to sustainable and active travel helps reduce road transport emissions, improve local air quality and has positive health benefits.”