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The introduction of eBikes to Arran could very well be the driving force that sets the wheels in motion for a profound ecological change to transportation on the island.
While no-one believes that Arran will become carbon neutral overnight because of a few eBikes, we can all agree that the benefits of using them are glaringly obvious. eBikes are also particularly well suited to our island location where frequent short journeys within one village can often make up the bulk of monthly travel – and is usually done with polluting vehicles.
As the technology becomes more affordable and the bicycles themselves become less cumbersome, the capabilities have also improved and using an eBike from one side of the island to another, something previously almost unthinkable, is now a reality.
Other than less vehicles on the road – which can only be a good thing – the resultant effect would also mean less wear and tear on the roads and optimistically less potholes.
If there was any stick in the spokes of the scheme, it would be the proliferation of more cyclists on the narrow winding roads where safe overtaking can present problems – but even this is a very small price to pay for better road conditions, healthier air and fitter residents.