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Kerrera has taken delivery of its first ebikes and hopes to start hiring them out to the community and visitors in June.
‘We have a few more things to set up before we launch the hire scheme, including an easy-to-use online booking system on our website www.isleofkerrera.org,’ said Aideen Shields, the Isle of Kerrera Development Trust’s development officer.
‘It will be a great way for visitors to explore the island and a chance for island residents to be active and reduce fossil fuel journeys. We hope islanders will use the bikes to get to and from the ferry and to and from Oban,’ she added.
The island will have two ecargo bikes and two trailers in its fleet giving Kerrera residents a healthy option for doing the shopping or taking the children into town.
Nine more ebikes will be arriving in the coming months after Brexit delays. Initially two will be available for visitor hire and once all have been delivered there will be four available.
The ebike scheme is being funded by £75,000 from the Scottish Government.
Some of the money will buy two bike shelters, four bike racks, an outdoor charging point as well as signs to mark out an ebike friendly route. The hire scheme will be based at the old school where cyclists will have access to drinking water.
Kerrera was invited to bid for the funding after taking part in a government consultation to form the national island plan in which residents had flagged up transport as an issue. It was one of two successful applicants for the £270,000 Islands Green Recovery Programme: Sustainable Transport Fund administered by Energy Saving Trust.
Caption: A team from Oban Cycles helped deliver the first of the ebike fleet to Kerrera