E-bike funding to “assist communities and key workers”

10.25 | 16 February 2021 |

The Scottish Government has awarded more than £633,000 to support 45 e-bike projects across the country.

Through the latest round of the eBike Grant Fund, schools, hospitals and community groups will establish projects to adopt e-bikes, adaptive bikes and e-cargo bikes as an alternative to car journeys.

For the first time, more than a third of the overall funding package (£223,000) is enabling specific projects which directly support key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Golspie, Cycling UK Scotland will work with key workers including NHS staff, carers, shop workers, service providers, and local businesses to provide access through a new pool of eight e-bikes. 

Meanwhile in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Simon Community Scotland is being provided with a grant of almost £16,000 to support their outreach work in helping vulnerable people through the assistance of e-bikes.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, said: “In our latest round of funding for e-bikes I’m delighted that more organisations will be able to assist communities and key workers in discovering the benefits of what modern e-bikes can bring.

“To help keep the country moving during the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve targeted some of this funding to support key and essential workers. As we work to build an active nation and ensure Scotland’s green recovery, I want to see more of our key workers becoming ambassadors for more sustainable travel. 

“Many people have discovered new ways of travelling over lockdown and we want to support this and see it continue right across the country.”



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