Scotland: eBike Grant Fund enabled 19 organizations to purchase over 100 e-bikes for 2019-20

Scotland: eBike Grant Fund enabled 19 organizations to purchase over 100 e-bikes for 2019-20

In a recent announcement, the Government of Scotland has revealed the first results of its eBike Grant Fund that enables the purchase of electric bikes across the country.

The eBike Grant Fund is part of the Scottish Government’s 2018-launched campaign to encourage people to use e-bikes or cargo pedelecs, especially on short journeys. A total amount of £273,000 has thus far been granted by the Government in round three of the eBike Grant Fund, with some more grants likely to come through before the end of 2019.

In announcing the first results of the eBike Grant Fund, the Government said that the fund has enabled the purchase of more than 100 e-bikes by 19 organisations throughout Scotland for the period 2019-20 so far.

More specifically, Ellie Grebenik -- Senior Programme Manager, Scottish Transport at Energy Saving Trust -- said that the eBike Grant Fund has supported 19 organizations in purchasing “113 e-bikes and 11 e-cargo bikes, along with four e-trikes and three trailers” in 2019 to date. Grebenik also added that e-bikes and e-cargo bikes offer health benefits, and reduce pollution and costs of transportation.

With the purchase of more than 600 e-bikes having been supported by the eBike Grant Fund since its launch, Michael Matheson -- Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity -- said that the funding is part of the Government’s ambition “to develop an Active Nation,” where the opportunities to walk and cycle are available to more people than ever before.

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