E-Bike scheme will get the go-ahead at new prepare station
Councillors on the Garioch Space Committee have this week agreed to proceed with an electrical bike (e-bike) rent scheme at Kintore prepare station.
With native councillors having already efficiently arguing for electrical automobile charging factors to be put in on the station, the infrastructure was already in place, and as councillor Glen Reid mentioned; “It made good sense that the station be the situation of this nice useful resource, which is able to allow commuters, guests and locals to journey safely and shortly across the locality.
“It’s my perception that as rural connectivity decreases with worsening bus companies, it is a optimistic method wherein we will join our cities and communities, and a fantastic use of the strategic price range that the GAC controls.
“If profitable, there may be potential to develop this scheme, and in such a state of affairs I’ve requested that officers look to develop it to Blackburn, Kemnay and Inverurie.
“There are already protected cycle paths to 2 of those neighbouring communities from Kintore, and officers are engaged on my earlier request for one from Kemnay to Kintore.
“This could ultimately allow residents in Blackburn and Kemnay to entry the brand new prepare station in Kintore and allow residents of all 4 communities to independently and simply transfer round all of them.”
Preliminary plans are for simply 4 bikes in Kintore however an analogous scheme in Huntly has doubled from seven e-bikes to 14 and by subsequent month they’ll have doubled once more to 24 e-bikes.
Within the officer’s feasibility report they acknowledged: “It’s anticipated that the scheme would supply leisure worth in addition to the potential to offer commuter choices, inside Kintore and to native cities similar to Inverurie and Blackburn.”
“The implementation of an e-bike rent scheme at Kintore Station would add worth to the customer expertise of these arriving in Kintore.
“It might be a catalyst to develop the city as a vacation spot with one thing completely different to strive, as the flexibility to rent an e-bike within the north-east of Scotland is restricted when it comes to places.
“It additionally offers a viable technique of transport for these visiting household and mates within the city and surrounding space and helps a shift in leisure journeys being made in additional energetic and sustainable means than the non-public automobile.”
“The scheme would additionally present a incredible new useful resource for locals via offering a brand new, wholesome leisure exercise.”
Because the councillor famous: “This would supply a great alternative for locals, not solely from Kintore however the surrounding space, to trial an e-bike on their very own phrases to see if it will work for his or her life-style – for leisure, commuting or utility journeys.
“Trialling e-bikes on this method can be a wonderful alternative for native individuals to find out about the advantages of an e-bike and dispel uncertainties earlier than committing to the acquisition of 1.”
The e-bikes will probably be secured in charging lockers, below the 24 hr CCTV protection on the station, with GPS services and geo-fenced for additional safety.
Councillor Reid concluded: “I consider that this scheme has the potential to be a fantastic asset for Kintore and the broader group.”
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