E-bikes to help charge Scotland’s Green Recovery

A report form local MSP Kenneth Gibson

As we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and slowly move out of lockdown, it is more important than ever to focus on active travel.

To help with this, the SNP Government is providing £900,000 to encourage the uptake of e-bikes on Arran and across Scotland.

Local authorities, public sector agencies, community groups and further and higher education institutions can all now apply for money to adopt e-bikes, adaptive bikes and e-cargo bikes as an alternative to car journeys.

The eBike Grant Fund, delivered by Energy Saving Trust, will also launch a Business e-cargo project to offer businesses the chance of a free trial of an e-cargo bike for a 12-month period. This will allow Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust to gather new data on the real potential for e-cargo bikes to address business needs.

Further to this, as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, Energy Saving Trust is offering previously funded e-bike grantees the chance to apply for a further £20,000 funding award for e-bikes for projects which support Scotland’s key and essential workers.

This latest funding allocation is expected to continue the schemes success to date. Across three previous rounds of funding over £1.9 million was allocated to 104 projects, equating to 875 e-bikes and 41 e-cargo bikes provided to organisations and communities across the country.

New funding will allow more organisations to realise the benefits of e-bikes whilst improving Scotland’s air quality, health and sense of well-being.

This scheme will continue to provide Scotland’s key and essential workers with the means to use e-bikes as they support our country through the COVID-19 crisis. The increase in the numbers of people walking and cycling across Scotland during lockdown is extremely encouraging and this kind of support will help to continue to develop an active nation.

More information can be found here.

The e-Bike Grant programme will continue to be split into two separate streams:

Category A offers up to £25,000 towards projects that provide opportunities to communities to trial e-bikes. Applications can be submitted at any time up until December 2020, however interim deadlines are set for application reviews and awards granted on an ongoing basis.

Category A – Deadline 1 – Friday 14 August 2020
Category A – Deadline 2 – Friday 2 October 2020
Category A – Deadline 3 – Friday 18 December 2020

Category B offers up to £200,000 per application towards large scale fleets of pool bikes or public bikeshare/hire schemes and promoting large scale uptake of e-bikes. There are two deadlines for application reviews and awards granted throughout the year.

Category B – Deadline 1 – Friday 28 August 2020
Category B – Deadline 2 – Friday 30 October 2020

Applications can be requested by emailing: bikegrantsscot@est.org.uk