Uccle extends €250 bonus for buying an electric bike
The Brussels municipality of Uccle has voted to renew its €250 cash bonus for any resident wishing to buy an electric bike.
The grant has been running since 2015 - but take-up was initially slow as the scheme was capped at just 20 applicants.
Last year, 300 people took advantage of the payout, at a cost to the town council of €75,000.
"We expect this bonus to be even more successful in the current context," said Uccle's alderman for mobility, Thibaud Wyngaard. "It is very likely that many people will opt for the bicycle in order to get around in the coming months."
The bonus is limited to one person per household and can be used to offset the cost of an electric bicycle already purchased in 2020.
From 1 July, the timeframe for applying for the grant will be reduced to three months. Uccle residents can seek more information and apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Several other Brussels municipalities offer a similar scheme, including Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Ganshoren, Jette and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, with grants ranging from €50 to €300.
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