SSE to power electric ‘Boris bikes’ in Inverness
SSE is to help Inverness launch its own version of ‘Boris bikes’ – this time using electric powered bikes.
A pilot scheme has been drawn up to offer electric bikes for rent in the Highland capital as part of a bid to transform transportation in the city.
The announcement was made at the Carbon Clever conference in Inverness where The Highland Council also launched a consultation on turning Inverness into a cycle city with a network of high quality cycle lanes.
George Baxter, SSE’s Head of Development Strategy said: “We’re keen to support an electric ‘Boris bike’ type scheme in Inverness and have offered to install stations in the city for charging and storage as part of the pilot.”
Details of the proposal will be officially presented to the Highland Council shortly and will be subject to public consultation.
Council Leader Drew Hendry said: “Now we have had this offer, we will work as to establish what planning requirements are needed. We will use SSE’s investment to lever for additional funding to expand the pilot.”
The ‘Carbon Clever Highlands’ initiative aims to bring together all those with an interest in tackling climate change in the Highlands, to work in partnership to promote the social and economic as well as the environmental benefits of reducing carbon emissions.
Although SSE has a number of charging stations based at some of its own sites, this will be the first time the company has installed stations for the public sector.
That SSE has a number of Wind Farm sites in the planning stages in the Highland Region as well as serious issues with the Beauly Denny line and in particular with the noise issues at Wester Balblair. Recently David Gardner (Head of Transmissions) rules out any individual compensation to local residents suffering serious sleep deprivation caused by the sub-station noise issues. It seems that Highland Council’s leader Drew Hendry is prepared to sell out his constituents for an electric bike.