by Ben Haworth
April 27, 2009
The new government grant that offers £2,000 off a new car when a 10-year-old vehicle is scrapped should be replaced by a scheme for cyclists, according to a leading bicycle insurer.
The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) is campaigning for a ‘pounds-for-pedals’ scheme to give cyclists £100 to spend on a new bicycle, but in contrast to the car scrappage grant the traded-in bike would not be destroyed but shipped to the developing world to be re-furbished and re-used.
Director at the ETA, Andrew Davis said; “This would be a boost for the economy, but unlike the ‘cash-for-clunkers’ car scheme, a grant for cyclists would be environmentally friendly.”
Cyclists who support the idea are being encouraged to visit www.eta.co.uk/pounds-for-pedals to sign an online petition addressed to Gordon Brown.