A project to encourage people to travel differently and to promote bike hire and car share schemes in the centre of Inverness kicked off this week.
The city has a Bike and Go bike share scheme based at the train station, and an Enterprise Car Club with vehicles parked in various locations in the city centre. These schemes provide easy access to a car and a bike when you need them, without the hassles that come with owning them. For people who don’t need regular access to a car or bike or have problems with parking or bike storage, these schemes can offer handy solutions.
The project is being run by Impact Hub Inverness and CoMoUK, and they want to find out what people think of these schemes, and if there are any barriers to joining. They are particularly keen to hear from residents in the Crown area of Inverness.
Residents are being asked to share their views through this survey – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Traveldifferently- and every participant can enter into a prize draw to win £50 of Velocity Cafe vouchers.
Polly Chapman from Impact Hub Inverness said: “We would like to gather as many views as possible on whether people in this area would consider using the bike and car share schemes that exist, and to encourage them to sign up. Also, to find out what, if any, are the barriers to using these schemes, and if there is anything that could be done to encourage more people to travel differently. Many people don’t know that bike and car share schemes exist in Inverness so we are trying to raise awareness of them, specifically in the city centre.”
If you would like to find out more about the project please contact Impact Hub Inverness by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CoMoUK has received grant funding from Transport Scotland to support shared transport across Scotland.
We are delighted to welcome the succesfull winners of the HIE funded sponsorship package for young entrepreneurs who will be joining us here at Impact Hub Inverness this year - Nicole Barrett and Rosie Gray. Nicole and Rosie will be with us for the equivalent of a day a week and will benefit from our advice and support as they develop and grow their business ideas.
Nicole has already started her business, Buckie Buddies, which offers companionship, errands and cleaning services to elderly and disabled people within the community. Rosie, from Kincraig, is passionate about her local community, about sustainable food and the great outdoors so we are looking forward to mentoring her as she works towards creating a new business that brings all those strands together.
Based on the strength of applications and with some funding from the Scottish Government, we are also pleased to support a further two young people to develop their business ideas - Kristina Petkova currently a student at UHI here in Inverness, and Kimberley Buckthorp who has created Will I Be Clothing based in Ullapool. We look forward to working with them over the course of the coming Year of Young People 2018!