‘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 highway after being awarded an enormous £537,000 grant.
The money, which covers 80 per cent of the overall prices, pays for 80 ebikes, 10 charging hubs and digital docking stations at key places 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 one in all 10 energetic journey and low carbon transport initiatives that can obtain a share of £9.46 million by way of spherical three of the Scottish Authorities Low Carbon Journey and Transport Problem Fund. The European Regional Growth Fund supplied £7.21m of the general whole.
Kate Willis from LEG mentioned 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 best way folks journey regionally.
‘The scheme will present simple and inexpensive entry to ebikes for everybody. We
hope this may encourage folks to make use of the bikes, quite than their vehicles, for day by day
journeys,’ she informed the Lochaber Occasions.
‘It will assist ease visitors congestion, particularly in the summertime, in addition to
scale back carbon emissions. Electrical bikes are such an effective way to get round. They’re enjoyable to journey, hills are a breeze they usually present that further increase in case you are recovering from damage or sickness.’
Transport secretary Michael Matheson commented: ‘These thrilling initiatives will be a part of different low carbon and energetic journey initiatives which have been very a lot welcomed by communities by way of the Problem Fund.
‘These initiatives will assist our Programme for Authorities dedication to section out the necessity for brand new petrol and diesel vehicles and vans by 2032, while serving to us to construct an energetic nation and make it simpler for folks 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 change into 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 challenge supervisor and neighborhood engagement officer to ship the challenge, which can embody operating neighborhood and enterprise engagement occasions.
Kate Willis, of LEG, tries out one of many two ebikes that had been loaned for a trial final yr.
NO F38 Kate forth bike
The Fort William ebike scheme might be just like the Forth Bikes challenge, seen right here.
NO F38 forth bikes docking