Another £900,000 were committed by Transport Scotland towards the eBike Grant Fund for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Round four of the grant programme is now available to assist the adoption of eBikes, eTrikes and electric cargo bikes in Scotland.
The programme is available to local authorities, public sector agencies, further and higher education institutions, active travel hubs as well as community groups to adopt eBikes as an alternative to internal-combustion engine vehicles. Money from the fund can be used to cover the cost of all kinds of electrified bike variants, including eBikes, eTrikes, eCargo bikes, cargo bikes and trailers, tandems, adaptive bikes and trikes.
Additionally, as a response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Energy Saving Trust is “offering previously funded e-bike grantees the chance to apply for a further £20,000 funding award for e-bikes for projects which support Scotland’s key and essential workers”. With this stipulation, the organizers hope to direct the previous successes by the grant programme towards medical services as well. So far the successes cover three previous rounds of funding which allocated £1.9 million to 104 projects, resulting in 875 newly acquired e-bikes and 41 electric cargo bikes. With almost half that sum now being allocated for new funding, it stands to reason that the previous successes will be significantly expanded.
“Through previous rounds of funding we have witnessed what is possible when people are provided with the financial means to replace single occupancy car journeys with a more sustainable alternative through e-bikes,” said Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson, adding: “Through this scheme we are also continuing to provide our key and essential workers with the means to use e-bikes as they continue to support our country through the COVID-19 crisis. The increase in the numbers of people walking and cycling across Scotland during lockdown is extremely encouraging and we will continue to provide support to develop an Active Nation.”
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