Beith Community Development Trust, also known as Beith Trust, has been awarded £16,365 from the SNP Government eBike Grant Fund to make 10 e-bikes available to people across the Garnock Valley.
The funding will enable Beith Trust to establish a library of different bikes to suit the lifestyles of different users, giving locals the opportunity to loan e-bikes as an alternative transport means.
The experience will demonstrate to participants how an e-bike could successfully integrate into regular travel behaviours, socially, recreationally and for work or business.
The SNP Government has provided over £825,000 to support 36 innovative e-bike projects across Scotland, with projects for disabled people and rural communities leading the way.
The latest round of the eBike Grant Fund, delivered by Energy Saving Trust, has successfully delivered 216 e-bikes, 56 e-cargo bikes and 34 adapted cycles to 36 projects across the country.
Across four years of the fund, over £2.8 million has been provided to support over 170 projects across Scotland with 996 e-bikes.
Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:
“Congratulations to Beith Trust on another successful funding application.
“This scheme will enable communities and organisations across the Garnock Valley to take advantage of e-bikes to meet local needs, whilst improving health, air quality and protecting the climate by encouraging a shift away from car journeys.
“Purchasing any mode of transport requires an investment and letting people try different e-bikes will make it worth considering buying one - or even an ordinary bicycle!”