E-bikes: The true green machines
E-bikes combine the bicycle’s efficiency (the “beautiful machine”) with the ease and power of an electric motor. You can buy an e-bike for a fraction of the cost of an electric car, and e-bikes cost just pennies to operate. Studies have shown that e-bike trips replace car trips.
About AB 117, the E-Bike Affordability Bill
California has spent about $1 billion to help make electric cars more affordable, but not a dime to do the same for electric bikes. It’s time for our state to step up and provide purchase incentives for this greenest of green transportation. That’s why CalBike is sponsoring AB 117, the E-Bike Affordability Bill, and is advocating to fund that program with a $10 million allocation.
The goal is to help 10,000 Californians get meaningful assistance to buy a reliable, green e-bike. If we win, Californians will enjoy more bike trips and endure fewer car trips, helping the state reach its greenhouse gas emission goals. Thousands more will be healthier and happier because of better air quality and less congested streets. Increasing biking is also critical for our economic recovery, as money saved at the gas pump gets recycled into the local economy and creates six times more jobs.
The Governor’s proposed 2021-22 budget includes $465 million to the California Air Resources Board to “improve access to new and used zero-emission vehicles.” The ARB is supposed to prioritize cost-effective projects that have additional co-benefits (like public health and local economies) and which especially benefit low-income residents of disadvantaged communities.
There is no better way to “improve access to …zero-emission vehicles” than to create an E-Bike Affordability Program.