Join us at Gear Up! on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. at the History Colorado Center in Denver.
We're celebrating 30 years of Bicycle Colorado—enjoy drinks, appetizers and a great time with friends!
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Presented by Bicycle Colorado and CoPIRG
Colorado is #1 nationally in public funding for electric bike programs, opening up new transportation options for residents and business owners statewide. Learn more about how electric bikes are proving to be a game changing transportation strategy for our health and climate with insights from government leaders alongside stories from individuals who have purchased e-bikes through Denver’s highly successful rebate program.
A webinar featuring the leaders and experts behind Colorado’s successful e-bike movement alongside real e-bike riders who have benefited from these programs.
Wednesday, September 21 at 1 p.m. MT
Rachel Hultin, Sustainable Transportation State Director, Bicycle Colorado
Will Toor, Director, Colorado Energy Office
Dr. Ash Lovell, Electric Bicycle Policy and Campaign Director, People for Bikes
Piep van Heuven, Government Relations Director, Bicycle Colorado
Elizabeth (Liz) Babcock, Deputy Director, City of Denver Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency
Joined by Darnell Robinson, one of the first participants in a State of Colorado eBike program
Alex Simon, Public Health Advocate, CoPIRG
Below you can find a general timeline and some information about the major eBike programs in Colorado to date.
The 2020 Can Do Colorado eBike Mini Pilot Program was Colorado’s first eBike initiative. Thirteen Denver-area participants received free eBikes, helmets, locks and panniers from the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to evaluate eBikes as a transportation solution for low-income essential workers. Bicycle Colorado provided technical assistance, including training, and the Colorado-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory analyzed data, including developing a user-friendly app for participants. Applying lessons learned from the Mini Pilot, the CEO launched an expanded Two-Year Pilot Program in the Spring of 2021. This program has deployed 181 eBikes and 50 eBike share memberships to five Colorado communities. In 2023, the CEO will launch a full Can Do Statewide program.
For more information on Colorado’s Can Do program including the Mini Pilot Evaluation Report visit the Colorado Energy Office’s webpage.
The Colorado Energy Office will administer a new state eBike program, aiming at a January 2023 launch, to open up more access to clean transportation via eBikes. The program was funded through the passage of Senate Bill 193 which creates a Clean Air Grant Program within the agency, including $12 million for the new eBike program. Stay tuned as we find out more details!
The Denver Climate Action, Sustainability, Resiliency Office (CASR) launched Colorado’s first eBike rebate program in April 2022. Denver residents can apply for a $400 eBike rebate or an income-qualifying $1,200 rebate, with an additional $500 available for eCargo Bikes. The three-year program is funded through Denver’s Climate Protection Fund, a 2020 voter-approved sales tax, and is on pace to deliver 4,500 eBikes to Denverites in 2023.
Governor’s Office announces the Can Do Colorado program
Colorado Energy Office and Bicycle Colorado initiate the state’s first eBike pilot program
Denver voters approve a new Climate Protection Fund to fund programs that combat climate change
Bicycle Colorado releases the Colorado Energy Office mini-pilot report
Denver Climate Action Office launches Denver’s eBike rebate program
Colorado legislature passed SB22-193, the Air-Quality Bill, to fund clean air grant programs
“These are the steps that states and cities need to take to address transportation change,” said Piep van Heuven, director of government relations for Bicycle Colorado. “Household motor vehicle trips are one of the biggest drivers of transportation emissions in the country, and nearly 60% of these trips are a distance of 6 miles or less, the perfect distance for an e-bike trip.”