£700,000 fund to boost electric cycling

The UK Department of Transport is funding £700,000 to boost e-bikes use in cycle-hire schemes across the country. Transport Minister Andrew Jones said e-bikes will make it easier for people […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK Department of Transport is funding £700,000 to boost e-bikes use in cycle-hire schemes across the country.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said e-bikes will make it easier for people who are interested in cycling but may be put off by hilly routes or not having cycled regularly.

The winners of the fund include commuter cycle-hubs at railway stations and park & rides, a hilly campus university encouraging students to cycle to lectures and a tourist hire scheme for cycle-getaways on the Isle of Wight.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “Electric bikes are a great way to encourage new people to get into cycling and today’s announcement will provide an opportunity for thousands more to enjoy the advantages they offer. Cycling helps cut congestion and is a healthy, affordable transport option.

“We want to double the number of journeys made by bicycle. That is why we are also investing over the next five years in cycle training and infrastructure.”