E-bikes remove barriers that prevent most people from riding bikes. Bike share systems provide easy access to bikes for the quick short trip or transit connection that would otherwise require a car. Put the two together, and you have the potential to expose millions of Californians to the amazing potential of bicycles.
CalBike is working with the Air Resources Board to make e-bike share systems eligible for a $15 million Clean Mobility Options for Disadvantaged Communities program within the Low Carbon Transportation Investments and Air Quality Improvement Program.
Right now, e-bike share exists in just a few cities in California, most recently one launched in Sacramento. If we win this expansion of the program, we will encourage cities throughout the state, especially the more spread-out cities of the Central Valley, to use these funds to support expansion of e-bike share systems into disadvantaged communities throughout the state.