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Electric bicycles are a healthy, easy, green alternative to driving, and are quickly becoming the vehicle of choice for thousands of Californians.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

E-bikes deserve the same state support as electric cars

Every day, Californians make 2 million trips by bike. Many of those trips replace car trips, but people who bike for some of their trips choose to drive a car for other trips because the journey is too challenging to do by bicycle. E-bikes can change that. E-bikes make it easy to travel farther, faster, and over more challenging terrain than a regular bike.
Electric bicycles can transform green transportation. Yet California does little to support e-bike purchases.
We are sponsoring a new law, AB 117, to create an e-bike incentive program and we will be working through the budget process to allocate $10 million in funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). The E-Bike Affordability program could help put 10,000 more e-bikes on the road, potentially replacing millions of car trips.
HOW YOU CAN HELP

Sign the petition to fund California’s e-bike affordability program:

Dear California Assembly Members, Senators, and Governor Newsom:

California provides rebates of up to $7,000 for people who buy electric cars, but there is no statewide program to help residents purchase the cleanest EV of all: an e-bike.

I support a $10 million allocation to provide grants to help people buy e-bikes. I want a program that prioritizes low-income Californians and supports local bike shops. Please vote yes on AB 117, and please fund the program in the 2021-22 budget.

WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR

About AB 117, the E-Bike Affordability Bill

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 boosting public health and local economies) and which especially benefit disadvantaged communities.

California currently provides a $7,000 rebate to people who buy electric cars, on top of federal tax credits, but there’s no such incentive for folks who purchase E-Bikes. It’s time for our state to step up and provide purchase incentives to get E-Bikes in the hands of those who can benefit from them most.

WHY IT MATTERS

6 more reasons to make E-Bikes accessible for all Californians:

Reduce Emissions

California’s current strategies are not effectively reducing greenhouse gases in the transportation sector. A large increase in e-bike use could replace enough car trips to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Make E-Bikes Affordable

The price of an electric bike is out of reach for many Californians. The purchase incentives in AB 117 will give people who couldn’t otherwise afford an e-bike the financial support they need.

Low-cost Maintenance

E-bikes cost pennies to charge. They are one of the most efficient, convenient, and cheap-to-operate forms of transportation. E-bikes will save families money.

Get More People on Bikes

E-bikes allow people who couldn’t otherwise ride to get out on a bike. An electric motor lets you carry heavy loads and passengers you might not be able to manage under your own power.

Improve Public Health

Bike riding reduces health care costs, improves air quality, and provides excellent exercise. E-bikes replace smog-spewing car trips and allow people to realize the health benefits of bikes.

Provide an Alternative Transit Option

E-bikes give people who live in public transit deserts an affordable alternative to costly car dependency.

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