E&I launches second e-bike subsidy scheme

A SECOND electric bike subsidy for e-cargo bikes and e-trikes has been announced by Environment & Infrastructure, after the sell-out success of the first scheme in 2018.

Following the initial e-bike initiative, which saw increased rates of active travel and reduced transport-related emissions, another electric bike subsidy is being launched next month, focusing on larger carrying capacity e-trikes and e-cargo bikes.

E&I member Lindsay De Sausmarez said the scheme would have several benefits.

‘E-cargo bikes are most likely to be a viable alternative to car journeys,’ she said.

‘Individuals become healthier, increasing their levels of physical activity, which is great.

‘Plus, they are potentially a game-changer in terms of zero-emissions transport, resulting in better air quality and are also better for congestion, although cost is still a major barrier this initiative aims to overcome this.’

The initiative will offer islanders a discount on e-trikes up to the purchase value of £2,000 and on e-cargo bikes up to the purchase value of £3,500.

Participating cycle retailers, Adventure Cycles, CycleWorld and Ian Brown’s Cycles, will offer a 5% discount from the normal on the road price, with the States offering a further 20% subsidy, allowing new owners to benefit from an overall 25% discount.

The 2020 e-bike subsidy budget is £43,700.

It is not being targeted at anyone in particular. However, due to the carrying capacity on some e-cargo bike models of 200kg, they would most likely benefit people making deliveries, picking up the shopping or transporting small children, for example, than a standard cargo bike would.

Whereas e-trikes can give people who might struggle to ride a two-wheeled bike the opportunity to cycle confidently; others might simply benefit from their ease to ride or their typically generous load-carrying capacity.

Adventure Cycles owner Dan Thwaite said they had become hugely popular and could see the scheme becoming another success.

‘These are our number one selling bike,’ he said.

‘It’s a brilliant scheme – e-bikes in general are seen as cool on the school run now – I think this will result in lots of people wanting to use it.’

E&I president Barry Brehaut said they were hoping it will prove just as popular as the 2018 scheme.

‘The 2018 initiative helped to kick-start the uptake of e-bikes in Guernsey, and the committee is delighted that since then they have become a much more common sight around the island,’ he said.

‘The majority of people who ride e-bikes report feeling healthier, fitter and more active as a result, and because the majority of trips replace journeys in bigger vehicles, e-bikes free up space on our roads as well.’

The scheme launches on 4 April.

n For more information about the initiative and who can apply, visit www.gov.gg/cycling.

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