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Moves to get Inverness electric bike scheme into gear

By Louise Glen

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Electric bikes could be introduced by the turn of the year.
Electric bikes could be introduced by the turn of the year.

An electric bike scheme similar to one set up in London should be in place by Christmas in Inverness.

The 30-bike initiative is being organised by transport group HITRANS.

Vikki Trelfer, from HITRANS, said she hoped the scheme would be in place by the turn of the year, but cautioned that coronavirus restrictions may delay the free-to-use scheme.

Ms Trelfer said: “We are working with Bewegen, who have developed schemes in the Forth Valley.

“Ours offers membership to people on an annual, monthly, weekly or hourly basis. The first 45 minutes of each day are free to use, and after that there will be a charge. At the moment in Forth Valley that is £2 for each additional hour.”

The bikes will be located at Raigmore, Inverness Campus and in the city centre.

Ms Trelfer said: “The bikes will be there to be used by anyone, and we are hoping that people who are making onward journeys when they arrive in the city by public transport are able to pick up the bike in the same way as they would have used another form of transport. It is hoped that over time we will be able to add to the scheme.”

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