The UK may introduce an eBike subsidy
Roads minister Jesse Norman indicated that a subsidy for electric bikes is being considered along with the current subsidy for electric cars.
eBikes To Help Combat the UK Health Crisis
Jesse wants to force local councils to encourage an increase in cycling to counteract the effects of pollution and inactive lifestyles.
A Safe Place for a 12 Year Old To Cycle
He would like to see a transition to a world (presumably he meant the UK) where 12 year olds can cycle safely. There won't be an increase in funding for cycle infrastructure but the government could put more pressure on councils to prioritise cycling.
We have for over 2 generations focused on car infrastructure while ignoring infrastructure for other modes of transport and even pedestrians. Now that we know the short and long term costs of these policies the push towards sustainable and healthier transport needs to be backed by clear policy and significant funding.
Electric cars can help to cut pollution but electric bikes can have the biggest impact on pollution and the nations health and well being. The health benefits of using an ebike have been carefully researched and proven by several studies and the huge economic benefits have been revealed in an EU wide study.
So why after 20 years of electric bikes on our streets are ministers just starting to consider their potential for solving the problems mentioned above? Because most of them aren't cyclists and don't understand how a bicycle can be transformed with a motor into a transport tool that cyclists and particularly non cyclists like themselves can enjoy....and even love as they love their cars.
You may think an industry with such appealing products should not need government subsidies and I do think you're right however many major industries have required some kind of early support for their products and infrastructure while public awareness gathered steam.
So we welcome a subsidy for electric bikes if it comes. Improved cycle infrastructure must be built one way or another....for the benefit of everyone and everyones future.