‘Wheely’ nice information as Fort ebike scheme awarded £537,000
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Fort William is a step nearer to getting its ebike rent scheme on the street after being awarded an enormous £537,000 grant.
The money, which covers 80 per cent of the whole prices, pays for 80 ebikes, 10 charging hubs and digital docking stations at key areas all through the broader Fort William space together with the excessive road, transport centre and suburbs.
Following the announcement by Transport Scotland final week, Lochaber Environmental Group (LEG) confirmed it was awarded the funding in April.
LEG’s ebike rent scheme is considered one of 10 lively journey and low carbon transport tasks that can obtain a share of £9.46 million by means of spherical three of the Scottish Authorities Low Carbon Journey and Transport Problem Fund. The European Regional Growth Fund offered £7.21m of the general complete.
Kate Willis from LEG stated the chance to ship an ebike scheme of this measurement was
‘extremely thrilling’ because it has the potential to make an actual distinction to the way in which individuals journey domestically.
‘The scheme will present straightforward and reasonably priced entry to ebikes for everybody. We
hope this may encourage individuals to make use of the bikes, relatively than their vehicles, for each day
journeys,’ she informed the Lochaber Instances.
‘This can assist ease site visitors congestion, particularly in the summertime, in addition to
cut back carbon emissions. Electrical bikes are such a good way to get round. They’re enjoyable to journey, hills are a breeze they usually present that further enhance in case you are recovering from harm or sickness.’
Transport secretary Michael Matheson commented: ‘These thrilling tasks will be a part of different low carbon and lively journey initiatives which were very a lot welcomed by communities by means of the Problem Fund.
‘These tasks will help our Programme for Authorities dedication to part out the necessity for brand spanking new petrol and diesel vehicles and vans by 2032, while serving to us to construct an lively nation and make it simpler for individuals to stroll, wheel and cycle for on a regular basis journeys.’
LEG now simply must safe the remaining 20 per cent match funding (£135,000) and the scheme will turn out to be a actuality.
The funding will even pay for ebike infrastructure, together with the event of a cellular app that can enable customers to unlock bikes and monitor their rides, and a venture supervisor and group engagement officer to ship the venture, which is able to embrace operating group and enterprise engagement occasions.
Kate Willis, of LEG, tries out one of many two ebikes that had been loaned for a trial final 12 months.
NO F38 Kate forth bike
The Fort William ebike scheme might be much like the Forth Bikes venture, seen right here.
NO F38 forth bikes docking