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Environment / Grant funding gives cycling a leg up

A SOCIAL housing association and a community development group have received grants from the Scottish Government to promote cycling.

Hjaltland Housing Association has been allocated just over £20,000 from Cycling friendly programme to install a number of external and internal bicycle storage facilities at housing schemes in Lerwick and Scalloway.

Northmavine Community Development Group meanwhile is in line to receive £2,400 to help develop an e-bike hire scheme.

Ali Morris of Hjaltland Housing said storage place for bikes, pushchairs and scooters would be added a number of housing developments such as the 27 flats being built at Lerwick’s King Herald Street.

Other tenancies benefitting from the investment will be flats at Lowries, and Anderson Building, Scalloway, Excelsior Place, Lyndhurst Place and Sinclair Thomson House, all Lerwick.

She said tenants have not yet been notified but will receive a letter in the post soon.

The external storage facilities will be fully waterproof to withstand the worst of the Shetland weather, she said

Welcoming the government grant for Northmavine, development worker Tom Morton said: “We’re very grateful to Cycle Scotland for supporting what will be Shetland’s first community electric bike hire scheme, based in Hillswick.

“We hope to give full details of this exciting project once all our funding is in place, but Cycling Scotland’s support has been absolutely crucial.”

These funding allocations are part of a £1.8 million Scotland-wide announcement by Cycling Scotland to community groups, employers and social housing providers.

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