E-bikes, apps and cycle lanes: 10 low carbon projects win £10m


A further 10 active travel and low carbon transport projects will receive a share of £9.46m through the Scottish Government Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund.

The European Regional Development Fund provided £7.21m of the overall total cash.


Transport secretary Michael Matheson said: 'These exciting projects will join other low carbon and active travel initiatives that have been very much welcomed by communities through the Challenge Fund. The Falkirk Low Carbon Vehicle Hub, which uses renewable energy to charge electric vehicles, is a prime example of what can be made possible through this programme.

'These projects will support our Programme for Government commitment to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032, whilst helping us to build an Active Nation and make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle for everyday journeys.'

Winning schemes

Falkirk Council – Westfield Crossing and Active Travel Link

ERDF: £2,400,000.00

Construction of a cycle & pedestrian network, 4.2km long between four quadrants of the A9 / A904 junction, alongside the spurs of these roads. The network will comprise a bridge (600m as part of the bridge and ramps) to deliver seamless active travel options across Falkirk. 

Lochaber Environmental Group – Active Travel Fort William – Electric Bike Share Scheme

ERDF/SG funding: £470,326.50 / £67,189.50

The project proposes an e-bike share scheme that will use electric bike share equipment and technology to deliver a state-of-the-art active travel system for the residents of Fort William. Comprising 80 e-bikes and 15 docking stations for securing and charging bikes at key locations, it also uses advanced IT solutions using GPS to allow bikes to be tracked, trip routing and security. A mobile app will also be developed which will allow users to unlock bikes, monitor individual bike rides and track bike locations.  

Huntly & District Development Trust – Huntly Green Travel Hub

ERDF: £161,300.69

The project proposes to establish new a town centre-based location for the Green Travel hub which will include; hot desks, e-bikes maintenance services, bike servicing and sales and a social meetup point for cyclists. An area within the shop will offer route guides, maps and general tourist information. The project also includes the creation of a low carbon fuelling satellite hub to be located at Greenmyres Wind Farm and Ecobothy. The site will install solar charging for e-bikes as well as smart lockers.

East Ayrshire Council – Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership Access Project

ERDF/SG funding: £611,664.80 / £214,087.28

This project is part funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund. The project proposes to provide 49km of upgraded path – 10.5km of which will be new. The paths will be located in the Doon Valley and the Lugar Valley of East Ayrshire. They will have new sections to connect current paths to create a new long-distance route.

Glasgow Life – Transforming Pollok Country Park

ERDF/SG funding: £969,734.00 / £594,601.00

The project proposes to deliver a Low Carbon Travel and Transport hub as well as the construction and upgrade of 2.34km of path and cycle networks. This will be delivered as part of the Transforming Pollok Country Park project and an Active Travel Management Plan which runs alongside the major refurbishment of the Burrell Collection and re-display of its collections, to deliver a new accessible and enhanced visitor experience. Transforming Pollok Country Park will see the provision of a fleet of e-bikes for park visitors.

Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust – Gateway to Gigha

ERDF/SG funding: £527,235.91 / £65,958.25

Project summary as above.

Renfrewshire Council – Renfrewshire Sustainable Travel

ERDF/SG funding: £528,000.00 / £392,000.00

The project proposes to link existing and planned active sustainable travel projects and low carbon transport hubs in Paisley and Renfrewshire The project contains three core elements all designed to make active travel a viable and higher quality experience. Firstly a Cycle Route via Causeyside Street linking Canal Street Rail Station (National Cycle Route 7), Paisley Gilmour Street Rail Station, Renfrew Town Centre, and Glasgow Investment Area. Secondly, an EV charging hub to be located at Stow Brea Council Park and lastly, improvements to the Paisley Town Centre Gateway Junctions are planned.

Aberdeenshire Council – Portlethen Integrated Travel Town

ERDF/SG funding: £112,000.00 / £68,000.00

The project will see the creation of three new shared use paths which will be achieved by a combination of widening existing footpaths (totalling 2.14km) that are currently not suitable for shared use, as well as building new paths. 

Moray Council – Speyside Low Carbon Hub – Path Upgrade Carron to Cragganmore

ERDF/SG funding: £560,000.00 / £75,000.00

The project proposes to extend the upgrading of the Speyside Way to the south west as the far as Cragganmore, connecting further businesses and residents to the main settlements in Speyside. The upgrade of path will make it fit for purpose all year round for both walking and cycling, and provide a safe direct route linking communities away from the busy A95 trunk road. 

North Ayrshire Council – Ardrossan Low Carbon Hub

ERDF/SG funding: £784,000.00 / £588,000.00

The project proposes to create a Low Carbon Travel and Transport Hub across two locations in Ardrossan - one in Ardrossan Harbour and one nearby at North Shore - which will include electric vehicle and electric bike charging stations. A 1.3km path will then connect the two sites to the town centre, constructing missing links and creating a more connected network for the town.

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