Sign the Petition: $10M for E-Bikes

Every day, Californians make 2 million trips by bike. Many of those trips replace car trips, but, too often, 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. Studies of North American e-bike users show that up to 75% of e-bike trips replace car trips.

Electric bicycles can transform green transportation. Yet California does little to support e-bike purchases.

CalBike’s campaign to create a $10 million e-bike affordability program will change this. 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. Find out more about CalBike’s $10M E-Bike Affordability Program.

Sign now, and tell all your friends, 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.

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6 more reasons to that e-bikes should be affordable for all Californians:

  1. California’s current strategies are not working to reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector. We need to do something different. A large increase in e-bike use could replace enough car trips to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. 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. 
  5. E-bikes help people become healthier and happier. Bike riding reduces health care costs, improves air quality, and provides excellent exercise. E-bikes replace smog-spewing car trips and allow more people to realize the health benefits of bikes.
  6. E-bikes give people who live in public transit deserts an affordable alternative to costly car dependency.

Sign to support CalBike’s e-bike affordability program today.