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Colorado Energy Office and Bicycle Colorado team up to launch electric bikes pilot program for low-income essential workers

Office of Governor Jared Polis


Heatheryn Higgins 
Colorado Energy Office
720.450.0855, heatheryn.higgins@state.co.us

Jack Todd
Bicycle Colorado
303.523.4231, jack@bicyclecolorado.org

Colorado Energy Office and Bicycle Colorado team up to launch electric bikes pilot program
for low-income essential workers

DENVER – Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and Bicycle Colorado today announced a newly launched pilot program to provide Class 1 electric bikes to low-income essential workers as a transportation solution in Denver. Northeast Transportation Connections, a transportation management agency in Northeast Denver, provided outreach support to community members, and the bikes were ordered, built and distributed by SloHi Bikes on Colfax Avenue. The Colorado Electric Vehicle Coalition Equity Subgroup Committee provided guidance on program design.

The new Can Do Colorado eBike pilot program for low-income essential workers is part of the Can Do Colorado Community Challenge, a state initiative Governor Polis announced in June. Can Do Colorado provides an array of state resources to help reopen the economy safely while making progress toward important health and community vitality goals including making streets more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and retail and restaurant uses, supporting telecommuting, and expanding use of eBikes. The goal of the Can Do Colorado eBike pilot program is to support essential workers’ access to jobs by providing electric bikes as a safe, healthy and convenient way to take essential trips around town.

Bicycle Colorado distributed 13 Momentum LaFree E+ eBikes to the first program participants along with equipment including helmets, lights, locks, other accessories, and informational materials. Bicycle Colorado and Northeast Transportation Connections hosted 1-on-1 trainings as well as educational sessions on safe and legal city riding practices. Participants also received access to the CanBikeCO trip and emission tracking app, which was developed in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Can Do Colorado eBike program, launched as a pilot, sets the stage for a larger statewide version in 2021.

“Electric bicycles are a wonderful option for commuting to work and doing errands around town. They provide affordable, low emission, healthy transportation,” said CEO Executive Director Will Toor. “The state is excited to be able to help expand access to eBikes for low-income essential workers.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of kicking this program into high gear alongside the Colorado Energy Office,” said Jack Todd, Director of Communications and Policy at Bicycle Colorado. “eBikes are an efficient, cost-effective and fun way to travel, and have been shown to change transportation habits. With the Can Do Colorado eBike program, the state is making a statement that ‘electric vehicles’ means more than just cars, and putting that into action while supporting low-income, essential worker Coloradans.”

Governor Polis is acting to address Colorado’s climate crisis through a bold vision to get to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and meet the science-based targets for reducing GHG pollution. Under the direction of the Governor’s Climate Cabinet, several state agencies including CEO are working together to deliver on the goals of this vision by building a roadmap for climate action, which includes partnerships like this one with Bicycle Colorado. The Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020 includes state actions to consider eBikes in mobility planning and to support policies providing eBike incentives for low-income individuals.


About Bicycle Colorado
Bicycle Colorado is a member-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Denver. They envision a Colorado where riding a bicycle is always safe and convenient for everyone, where bicycling is the top choice for recreation and every day trips, and where the benefits of bicycling are experienced and valued by all people in our state. See bicyclecolorado.org for more information.

About the Colorado Energy Office
To deliver on the vision of a prosperous, clean energy future for Colorado, the Colorado Energy Office works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. Go to colorado.gov/energyoffice to learn more.

Bicycle Colorado

About the Author: Bicycle Colorado

Bicycle Colorado is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Denver. We use advocacy, education and passion to make Colorado one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation. We encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for people who ride bicycles in Colorado. With the support of our members and numerous partnerships across the public and private sector, we’ve made significant strides in improving bicycling since 1992.



I couldn’t be more low income if I tried and I had a nursing license until I had a fall which put me on disability. My income is $1,408/mo.with a rent of $1,095/mo. I’m in a vocational rehab program that would put me to work with the hospital system again.My 21 year old car would appreciate it. I was an avid rider before and will be again.

Donald - Reply

I great idea but the bike theft problem in Denver is so rampant that any eBike left locked up in Denver will get stolen. The governor and mayor need to do something about this or this program will be a waste for those in need. I’d like bicyclecolorado.org to write about the impact thrives are having on the community and the tourist industry. When someone visiting Colorado gets their bike stolen off of their vehicle when parked in Denver, regardless of multiple locks (this happens frequently) you can guarantee the word is spreading nationwide not to visit Denver if you are a cyclist. The city is not bicycle friendly given that bike theft is so widespread.

    Andrew bayer - Reply

    It was a blessing to be able to get a ebike with the denver ebike voucher program. Not only was it my main transportation but I also used it to deliver for uber eats as my second job. Until today while picking up a delivery my locked up ebike was stolen from out front of the walgreens with in 10 mins! Not only am I out my way of transportation but also a job = ( theft in denver is horrible!


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