Councillors on the Garioch Space Committee have this week agreed to proceed with an electrical bike (e-bike) rent scheme at Kintore prepare station.
With native councillors having already efficiently arguing for electrical car charging factors to be put in on the station, the infrastructure was already in place, and as councillor Glen Reid stated; “It made good sense that the station be the situation of this nice useful resource, which is able to allow commuters, guests and locals to journey safely and shortly across the locality.
“It’s my perception that as rural connectivity decreases with worsening bus companies, it is a constructive means during which we are able to join our cities and communities, and a fantastic use of the strategic finances that the GAC controls.
“If profitable, there’s potential to broaden this scheme, and in such a situation I’ve requested that officers look to broaden it to Blackburn, Kemnay and Inverurie.
“There are already protected cycle paths to 2 of those neighbouring communities from Kintore, and officers are engaged on my earlier request for one from Kemnay to Kintore.
“This could finally allow residents in Blackburn and Kemnay to entry the brand new prepare station in Kintore and allow residents of all 4 communities to independently and simply transfer round all of them.”
Preliminary plans are for simply 4 bikes in Kintore however an analogous scheme in Huntly has doubled from seven e-bikes to 14 and by subsequent month they are going to have doubled once more to 24 e-bikes.
Within the officer’s feasibility report they acknowledged: “It’s anticipated that the scheme would supply leisure worth in addition to the potential to offer commuter choices, inside Kintore and to native cities corresponding to Inverurie and Blackburn.”
“The implementation of an e-bike rent scheme at Kintore Station would add worth to the customer expertise of these arriving in Kintore.
“It could possibly be a catalyst to develop the city as a vacation spot with one thing totally different to attempt, as the power to rent an e-bike within the north-east of Scotland is proscribed by way of areas.
“It additionally offers a viable technique of transport for these visiting household and associates within the city and surrounding space and helps a shift in leisure journeys being made in additional lively and sustainable means than the non-public car.”
“The scheme would additionally present a implausible new useful resource for locals via offering a brand new, wholesome leisure exercise.”
Because the councillor famous: “This would supply an excellent alternative for locals, not solely from Kintore however the surrounding space, to trial an e-bike on their very own phrases to see if it might work for his or her life-style – for leisure, commuting or utility journeys.
“Trialling e-bikes on this means could be a wonderful alternative for native individuals to study the advantages of an e-bike and dispel uncertainties earlier than committing to the acquisition of 1.”
The e-bikes can be secured in charging lockers, underneath the 24 hr CCTV protection on the station, with GPS services and geo-fenced for additional safety.
Councillor Reid concluded: “I consider that this scheme has the potential to be a fantastic asset for Kintore and the broader group.”
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