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56 E-Bikes Sold Under Grant Scheme

56 electric bikes have been sold so far under a government grant scheme reintroduced a fortnight ago.

A further 238 people have applied for the £150 subsidy towards a new or second hand e-bike.

That leaves just 39 available.

Once 333 grant codes have been allocated, the next 50 people to register will be put on a waiting list and contacted if any applicants decide not to purchase a bike within three months.

Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis is pleased with the take-up:

"Islanders have jumped on the opportunity to apply for a grant under the new e-bike scheme.  Once again the scheme is proving popular and for the first time islanders can receive a grant towards the purchase of a second-hand bike."

He says his department will be monitoring changes to commuter habits and finding out how islanders feel about using e-bikes as a more sustainable form of transport.

More than 500 were people were helped to buy a power-assisted pedal cycle the first e-bike scheme three years ago.

There has been some criticism of the scheme, with Deputy Kirsten Morel questioning whether the £50,000 is public money well-spent.

 

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