Scotland subsidizes e-bikes to promote sustainable travel | GBRI

E-bike at Edinburgh Castle

Despite being a country with mostly hilly terrain, Scotland is motivating its people to ditch their cars for electric bikes to sustain their health and the environment. The Scottish government has allocated around 1.3 million pounds in funding for electric bicycles and pedal-assist cargo bikes.

The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing says : “We want more people, who undertake shorter journeys, to leave their cars at home and go by bike for the benefit of their health and our environment.”

The Low Carbon Transport Loan Fund will have £500,000 available for interest-free loans of up to £3,000 to help individuals and businesses purchase e-bikes and e-cargo bikes. The E-bike Grant Fund will allocate £700,000 for local authorities, public sector agencies, community organisations, colleges and universities to encourage large scale e-bike adoption.

A further £100,000 will be available through the E-bike Grant Fund to let members of the public test ride e-bikes at Home Energy Scotland advice centers, active travel hubs and community centers.

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