Tuesday 03 April 2018
An e-cycle subsidy scheme is being launched on Monday 16 April 2018 as part of a wider initiative to encourage Islanders to make more environmentally friendly and healthy transport choices.
A public/private initiative between the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and the island's four cycle retailers, the scheme will aim to promote the use of e-cycles by offering a 25% discount on purchases up to the value of £1,500. The States of Guernsey will offer a 20% subsidy towards the purchase of an e-cycle with the bike retailers making up the remaining 5%.
Deputy Barry Brehaut, President of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure, said:
'This initiative is part of the Integrated Transport Strategy to encourage islanders to make alternative modes of transport more convenient, attractive and affordable. E-cycles are ideally suited to Guernsey given the Island's geometry, size and road network. This initiative will help further establish e-cycles as a viable alternative to the motor vehicle for a wide section of the community, including those members of the public less able to cycle longer distances or up hills without some form of powered assistance.
'Depending on their use, modern e-cycles can have a range in the region of 60-80 miles before requiring the battery to be recharged; they can easily cope with hills and they are great fun to ride. Their use also contributes toward a healthier lifestyle and cycling can be quicker door to door as compared to driving and parking a motor vehicle.'
The Committee's Traffic and Highways Services Section has been using an e-cycle to travel to and from meetings and site visits since November 2016 and has already racked up some 1,750 miles proving what a useful alternative form of transport an e-cycle can represent.
The scheme has been allocated a subsidy budget of £100,000. Anyone over the age of 14 is eligible to take part in the initiative. Proof of ID is required at the point of sale and customers may only purchase one e-cycle each under the scheme.
Applicants will be required to register for participation in the scheme at local bike retailers and will be asked to participate in feedback surveys over the course of a twelve-month period. These surveys will build up valuable information on e-cycle usage in the Island and will help the Committee to measure the success of this particular initiative.
More information can be found at www.gov.gg/cycling