The city council has pledged to match a cash grant from Transport Scotland

Glasgow City Council has pledged to match a near-£180,000 funding award from Transport Scotland to help kick start the city's 'e-bike revolution'.

The cash grant from Transport Scotland will ensure that 63 e-bikes can be introduced into Glasgow as part of the nextbike hire bike scheme.

The council will commit £180,000 to the project to ensure that essential infrastructure is in place to allow e-bikes to operate successfully within the city.

This money will be spent on 83 e-bike docking stations that will be installed at 21 of the existing nextbike hire locations already stationed around Glasgow.

Councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said: "I am absolutely delighted that our bid to bring e-bikes to Glasgow has received such strong backing from Transport Scotland.

“Glasgow will soon have the biggest fleet of e-bikes in the country and this will help to make cycling a much more accessible option for getting about the city.

"Electrically-assisted bikes can provide a welcome boost to those who are building up their fitness, make longer trips by bike more manageable, and introduce cycling to people who may have not considered it an option open to them.

“E-bikes will be a great addition to the city's transport offering and add further fuel to the continued growth of the city's nextbike scheme.

"The funding to be contributed by the council will play a vital part in successfully delivering e-bikes for Glasgow.”

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