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Local authorities scoop e-bike funding

Local authorities and public sector agencies including Dundee City Council are rolling out e-bikes with the help of latest funding from Transport Scotland.

The second round of funding sees 27 organisations and community groups across Scotland share over £462,000

Under the second round of the eBike Grant Fund , a total of 27 organisations and community groups across Scotland are being given a share of more than £462,000.

The funding will enable Transport for Edinburgh to receive 37 e-bikes to include in its shared cycle scheme while Dundee City Council is deploying 50 e-bikes. Meanwhile, the Shetland Community Bike Project has partnered with the NHS to promote staff, visitors and residents to use 12 new e-bikes to commute between sites of interest, employment, and local services. And in St Andrews an e-cargo bike is being provided to support sustainable transport on campus and deliver local farm produce to the market.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “There are so many benefits to e-bikes and e-cargo bikes, but for many, the latest advances in e-mobility technology remain unaffordable. While we all anticipate price drops in the future, I’m committed to ensuring that people can access and experience e-bikes in their communities, so that we increase opportunities for people to switch to sustainable, affordable and exciting modes of transportation.”

For the full list of grant winners, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.