Scotland has delivered the latest numbers for its successful eBike Grant Fund scheme in its fourth year. In this new round just closed, the Scottish Government has provided over £825,000 to support 36 e-bike projects with projects for disabled people and rural communities leading the way.
The eBike Grant Fund via the Energy Saving Trust has delivered 216 e-bikes, 56 e-cargo bikes, and 34 adapted cycles to said 36 projects across the country.
Examples include the Shapinsay Development Trust, which has been awarded over £16,000 for ten new bikes. Visitors to the island in Orkney may rent the new electric bikes, while residents will have free access for the project duration.
Lisa-Marie Muir from the Shapinsay Development Trust said, “It’s great that we’re receiving funding for e-bikes from the Scottish Government through Energy Saving Trust. Shapinsay is quite a small island at only 6 miles long, so it’s easy to cover the whole island in a day with an electric bike.”
In Edinburgh, Leonard Cheshire Disability has been awarded over £19,000 for two electric rickshaws. Shared across eight services, this offers physically challenged people more opportunities to keep active through accessible cycling.
Over four years of the fund, over £2.8 million has been provided to support over 170 projects across Scotland with 996 e-bikes.
“The Scottish Government has committed to providing record sums of over £320 million a year by the end of 2024/25,” added Patrick Harvie, Minister for Active Travel.
The E-Bike Grant Fund was launched in 2018/19. Applications for this year’s round just closed.
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