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Minister O’Brien & Minister Ryan announce launch of €3 million Pilot Bike and E-Bike Upcycling Initiative. Photo by Maxwells

Minister O’Brien & Minister Ryan announce launch of €3 million Pilot Bike and E-Bike Upcycling Initiative. Photo by Maxwells

Minister O’Brien & Minister Ryan announce launch of €3 million Pilot Bike and E-Bike Upcycling Initiative. Photo by Maxwells

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Joe O'Brien TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD have announced the launch of a three-year pilot initiative for the provision of high quality up-cycled bicycles and e-bikes for those on low incomes and/or those who are most marginalised and disadvantaged.

Funding of €3 million is being provided by the Department of Transport for this initiative over a three-year period and will be made available through the Department of Rural and Community Development's Community Services Programme.

Announcing the scheme Minister O'Brien said: 'This scheme will provide a vital transport option to those on limited incomes. In addition, this scheme will also provide training and employment opportunities for those who may have had difficulty accessing the mainstream labour market. An associated benefit of the scheme will be a reduction in the number of bikes going to landfill as a result of recycling and reusing bikes through the social enterprises engaged on the scheme.'

Applications are now being sought from eligible organisations for inclusion on this programme.

Minister O'Brien concluded: 'This exciting new pilot initiative is a significant step forward towards fulfilling yet another commitment in the Programme for Government. I am looking forward to reviewing the impact of this innovative scheme over the next three years.'

Full details of the scheme and the necessary application form will be available shortly. Proposals should be submitted to csp@drcd.gov.ie using the application form by noon, May 28, 2021.


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