AB 117 and the E-Bike Affordability Program
E-bikes combine the bicycle’s efficiency (the “beautiful machine”) with the ease and power of an electric motor. They provide Californians the opportunity to travel much farther, faster, and over more difficult terrain than a regular bike. Studies show that e-bike trips do a great job of replacing car trips. And compared to cars, including electric cars, they are much more affordable to own and operate.
Unfortunately, getting an e-bike in the first place is expensive. Many Californians cannot afford $2,000 or more on an e-bike, so they are stuck paying $50 each time they fill their tank, and struggle with repair and maintenance costs that cause many families to sacrifice too much.
E-bikes should be the centerpiece of a strategy to replace gas-powered car trips to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while also advancing equity, promoting public health, reducing traffic, helping families save money and supporting local economies. Unfortunately, California focuses its efforts on electric cars, and does nothing to support e-bikes.
Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath introduced Assembly Bill 117 to fix that. It authorizes an e-bike affordability program that will help thousands of Californians get access to good e-bikes that they could not otherwise afford.
CalBike is working hard to pass that bill, and to secure a budget allocation of at least $10 million to implement it. Sign the petition at the right to keep updated on our campaign. We’ll share your support of this idea with the Governor and with the legislators who are crafting the state’s FY 21-22 budget.