SoulRiders to have first Scotland e-cargo-bike fleet

SoulRiders, a Glasgow based cycling charity, has received funding from SP Energy Networks to buy a fleet of e-cargo-bikes for deliveries in the city. This will be the first such fleet in operation in Scotland.

SP Energy Networks has a pot of £10 million called the Green Economy Fund and some 21 projects across Scotland have been awarded a share of this. The Green Economy Fund was established in 2018 and is there to support projects that promote low-carbon heating, low-carbon transport, or ‘the education of Scotland’s workforce for a greener future’.

Supported projects like SoulRiders contribute to the Scottish Government’s green energy and CO2e targets while boosting local economic growth, improving air quality and delivering ‘a better future, quicker’ for its communities.

Frank Mitchell, chief executive of SP Energy Networks, said: “We are delighted to recognise some of Scotland’s greenest and most innovative projects by awarding them funding to further their vital work.

“At SP Energy Networks, we share the Scottish Government’s vision of making a cleaner, greener Scotland by accelerating our green economy in order to deliver a better future quicker for our communities.”

Rashid Khaliq, Chief Executive, SoulRiders, said: “At SoulRiders, our aim has always been to create stronger communities through cycling. Thanks to funding from the Green Economy Fund, we are now able to launch our new e-cargo bike service. We believe our project will reduce the number of vans and lorries on our streets and provides a solution to many issues including traffic and pollution in cities. We are proud to play our part in Scotland’s thriving green economy and to be receiving this crucial support from SP Energy Networks.”

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