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Commuter drive to cut use of cars

posted 3 Dec 2009, 06:24 by David Rintoul   [ updated 3 Dec 2009, 06:56 ]

Hundreds of free bus passes and bicycles are set to be offered to Edinburgh commuters as part of a new bid to force cars off the road.

Eco-friendly company The Bike Station has been awarded a £750,000 grant from the government to fund the scheme.

Part of the cash will be invested in hundreds of trial bus passes for city commuters, while dozens of bicycles will also be given on free loans to people who live more than a couple miles from their workplace.

The 15-month pilot scheme – the detail of which is still to be finalised – will also see organised car-shares for those who wish to stick behind the wheel.

The drive, dubbed 80-40-20, is designed to slash carbon gases released into the atmosphere by 4,000 tonnes, as well as saving money and getting local residents healthier in the process.

The company will be hiring a further eight full-time and six part-time staff.