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Electric bike scheme in Guernsey proves 'very successful'

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Guernsey's electric bike subsidy scheme has proved "very successful" according to the States.

A survey conducted one month after the scheme has shown that average mileage of each new e-bike owner was 127 miles.

63%
Of new e-bike owners reported that it is now their primary mode of transport.
59%
Of new e-bike owners said they felt healthier after 1 month of using the bike.
51%
Of survey respondents said they probably wouldn't have bought an e-bike without the subsidy.
50+
The majority of respondents fell in the 51-60 age bracket.

Of the 387 people who bought e-bikes through the scheme, 62.5% responded to the survey.

A 3-month and 12-month survey will also be conducted to monitor the impact of the initiative.

The scheme was introduced in April to give islanders 25% off electric bike prices up to the value of £1,500.

20%
The States of Guernsey offered a 20% subsidy to people buying an electric bike.
5%
The island's cycle retailers made up the remaining 5% of the subsidy.

The scheme only ran for a month due to the popularity of the campaign.

The funding set aside for the electric cycle subsidy was exhausted in less than a month.

£100K
The subsidy budget for the e-cycle scheme.

The Environment & Infrastructure committee say they are delighted with the results of the first survey:

The results from this first survey are very encouraging and suggest that the e-bike subsidy scheme has been successful in changing behaviours.

The scheme is definitely having and will continue to have an impact in reducing traffic volumes, reducing emissions and helping people to feel more active and fitter.

– Deputy Barry Brehaut, President of the Committee

Today (Saturday 22nd September), the committee is offering free bus travel for all islanders, in an added attempt to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

The free bus journeys coincide with World Car Free Day.