Date lodged: 1 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential benefits of the increase in electric bicycles for (a) older people, (b) people who are financially vulnerable and (c) people with mobility issues.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 August 2018
The Scottish Government has not conducted any specific assessment into the benefits of electric bicycles but is currently developing an evidence base around active travel which will include electric bicycles.
The increased budget for active travel in 2018-19 to £80 million has allowed the Scottish Government to launch the new E-bike Grant and Loan schemes through £1.3 million funding to the Energy Saving Trust, with the aim of encouraging more people to start using electric bicycles for everyday journeys. Monitoring and evaluation of the grant and loan schemes will be carried out in due course and will cover affordability and accessibility for all users.