Electric bicycles have changed the way we get around in California and across the country. E-bikes are quickly becoming the vehicle of choice for thousands of Californians who are discovering the health benefits of bicycling while reducing the environmental impact of our state’s transportation system. On an e-bike, hills are flattened, distances shortened, and strenuous trips are made easy. E-bikes make bicycling a viable option for people with children or other heavy loads, elderly folks, as well as those with certain disabilities. CalBike is invested in improving access to e-bikes to replace polluting car trips, help to ease road congestion, and incorporate healthy and active transportation into people’s lives.
In recent years, CalBike has successfully advocated to clarify the definition of e-bikes in the vehicle code and to update the regulations so that low-speed e-bikes are treated like regular bicycles (AB 1096, Chiu). We have also advocated to expand the scope of the “Clean Mobility Options in Disadvantaged Communities” incentive program in the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Transportation Investments to include stand-alone bike and e-bike share programs as eligible clean mobility options. We continue to work with the legislature and state agencies to develop an Electric Bicycle Purchase Incentive Pilot Program to provide rebates for up to half the cost of e-bikes.