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E-bike: a fun and healthy way to get around

Zero Emissions,
Tons of Fun

Electric vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the most versatile EVs is the e-bike! Using an e-bike to commute, for running errands, picking up groceries, and getting the kids to school can be a fun and healthy way to reduce your carbon footprint and improve air quality.

Businessman on ebike

E-bike Benefits

E-bikes have almost no carbon footprint and can help you save time and money. On an e-bike you can avoid bridge tolls, parking fees, and traffic. When commuting, the electric battery keeps you from getting sweaty–unless you prefer to use just pedal power!! Using an e-bike for the first and last mile of transit means less stress–no need to worry about parking.

E-bike Basics

E-bikes are convenient and fun to ride. Unlike a moped or motorcycle, e-bikes work by supplementing your pedaling rather than replacing it. They use a battery and the power level can be adjusted to fit your needs–from low to high assistance, you get to choose if you’re looking for just a bit of extra power or enough to help you to climb steep hills with ease! If you’re looking for a workout, you can simply remove the pedal assistance to break a sweat.

E-bike components

All e-bikes can be charged by plugging the bike into a standard 110 outlet and most are fully charged after 4 hours. Even if you don’t have a garage with an outlet, you can lock your bike outside, remove your battery and easily charge inside your house.

You can also charge your e-bike while you’re out and about. Coffee shops, workplaces, and friends are often happy to let you plug in to their outlet. With an e-bike, there’s no range-anxiety–you always have pedal power!

E-bike Safety

With an e-bike you can avoid riding along major thoroughfares. You won’t mind taking side roads to get around heavily trafficked areas–the extra distance doesn’t matter much with an e-bike.

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.

Woman with a bicycle

E-bike Rebate Programs California

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!