A scheme aimed at encouraging sustainable travel in Scotland has received a £700,000 boost.

The Scottish Government has allocated the funding from its low carbon vehicle loan budget to help people buy electric bikes.

It allows people to take out an interest-free loan of up to £6,000 with a repayment period of up to four years.

Since the scheme was launched in 2018 the fund has facilitated the purchase of more than 740 e-bikes across Scotland.

“As we approach Hogmanay many of us will be thinking of our resolutions and the choices we hope to make in the new year,” said Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.

“For our health, our wellbeing, the quality of our air and in responding to the global climate emergency – we need more people to leave the car at home and to choose travel in more sustainable ways including e-bikes. Whether it is from available public hire schemes or through purchase, we’re working in partnership to help people to make these positive choices right across Scotland.”