Converting from petrol and diesel motors to low emission vehicles, including electric cars, is an important part of cutting carbon emissions and cleaning up air pollution. So is switching to using electric bikes. E-bikes and e-cargo bikes for deliveries help cut congestion too.
The Government's Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) gives grants for converting to electric cars and vans - but not to electric bikes. We think that's a missed opportunity.
E-bikes are much cheaper than electric cars, so this would be good value for public money as well as fitting in with the Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy.
Back in 2015, the Government funded a one-off pot of £0.7M for electric bike schemes in some local authority areas: this is welcome investment, but only a fraction of the £900 million OLEV budget.
We're calling on the Government to change the rules, and extend the scope of OLEV grants to include e-bikes and e-cargo bikes. Please take five minutes to write to your MP in support of the campaign to include fair funding for e-bikes in the forthcoming Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill.
And if you have examples of how e-bikes or e-cargo bikes have helped change your journeys for the better, we'd love to hear from you.
Photo courtesy of Electric Bikes Sussex.