Moray Council and Moray Carshare are holding a “re-launch” event to celebrate the establishment of the Speyside Low Carbon Hub, and to promote the services it provides. The re-launch will take place at The Alice Littler Park in Aberlour from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 17th July. The services have been in operation since December last year, but a launch event could not be held at that time due to the Covid lockdown.
The event will feature attractions such as:
- Guided walks and cycle rides along the Speyside Way
- Free trials of electric bikes and electric cars
- Quirky bikes & fun challenges for kids
- Lunch & refreshments from the Gather’n Cafe Pod
- Prize Draw to win £250 voucher
- Bike checks by the Bike Doctor
- Demonstration of bicycle security by Police Scotland.
The hub, which was funded by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, consists of:
- a major renovation of the Speyside Way between Craigellachie and Aberlour
- 3 new electric vehicle charge points
- electric car and bike hire services from Moray Carshare.
The services include a pure electric Renault Zoe R110 based at the Speyside Visitor Centre in Aberlour. In addition, Moray Carshare is providing 4 e-bikes for hire from bike shelters at the Speyside Visitor Centre and at the Fiddich Park car park in Craigellachie.
Moray Carshare manager, Gordon McAlpine, explains: “A car-sharing club is an alternative to car ownership: a more affordable and environmentally sustainable way to have access to a car. Once they have joined the club, members book the cars online and collect and return the vehicle by themselves. They pay according to how many hours and how many miles they drive.
The electric bikes operate in the same way, but their main purpose is to encourage active travel. They can offer people a way back in to cycling, and thereby to a healthier life style through increased exercise. The electric motors provide assistance, but you still have to pedal, and you can increase the level of assistance when you are cycling uphill or against the wind. For those who already are used to cycling, e-bikes provide a way of going much further. Many of our members are using them to go and visit local attractions that they would otherwise drive to.”
Both the e-bikes and the electric car can be hired per hour, per day or per week, all at very affordable rates.
Mr McAlpine continues: “Car-sharing through a car club is a fantastic supplement to public transport services, which are very limited in rural areas like Speyside. It is ideal for younger people who cannot afford their own car or for older people, who don’t need a car every day and would rather be free of the hassles of car ownership. For families and couples it is an excellent alternative to a second car.”
The electric car and electric bikes operated by Moray Carshare have been partly funded by the Moray LEADER programme and by HiTrans.
To book a place on the guided walk or cycle ride, contact Janet.MacDonald@moray.gov.uk