Buying an E-bike
Before you buy, you should consider how you’ll be using your e-bike and what features are most important to you. E-bikes come in a wide variety of styles and models, each with a different level of functionality. Urban e-bikes are sporty, fast, and lightweight, making them great for commuting and other daily uses. Cargo e-bikes tend to be heavier and more utility-focused with the ability to haul kids or groceries, making them a perfect option for family recreation and errands.
E-bike Rebate Programs
Currently, there are e-bike rebate programs available to income-qualified Bay Area residents. Under the Clean Cars For All program, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has a program for residents in disadvantaged communities to trade in old gas cars for a grant to buy a new e-bike. Qualifying cars must be 15 years or older. The grant is for $7,500 and will cover the purchase of one or more e-bikes and e-bike accessories, learn more. Contra Costa County also launched a new e-bike rebate program. Residents of the county can receive a $150 rebate toward an e-bike purchase or a $300 rebate for income-qualified residents. Learn more.
If you’re interested in purchasing an e-bike, contact your local bike shop or talk to a friend who has one to inquire about taking a test drive. After your ride, you won’t want to bike any other way!