By The Denver North Star staff
The Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency’s (CASR) electric bike (e-bike) rebate program is back with applications opening at 11 a.m. Jan 31, when up to 860 rebate vouchers will be available.
Because the city said the average price of an electric bicycle has dropped due to increasing demand, this round of rebates will give residents a smaller discount in hopes the market prices have dropped enough to cover the eventual cost.
Denverites can save $300 off the price of an e-bike, and residents who receive the income- qualified rebate can save $1,200 off the price of a regular e-bike. Purchasing an e-cargo bike adds an extra $200 to both the standard and income qualified vouchers.
“E-bikes are an effective and affordable way for people to move about the city and to meet our city’s ambitious climate action goals,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “This program showed there was a desire in our community for new, sustainable mobility options, and I’m excited to see the e-bike rebate program expand and continue to evolve our residents’ transportation habits.”
Based on survey data and customer feedback, Denver is continuing to make the e-bike rebate program more equitable. The e-bike rebate program will also be available in more languages. CASR stated in the 2022 program, 4,734 e-bike rebates were redeemed, and 2,330 of the rebates went to income qualified residents. A survey of e-bike voucher users revealed that these e-bikes are changing the way Denverites move around the city.
The tentative release dates for 2023 are, Jan. 31, March 28, May 30, July 25, Sept. 26, and Nov. 28. To help limit the number of unredeemed vouchers and ensure rebates are available for those ready to buy, CASR encourages anyone who might be interested in an e-bike to visit a participating bike shop, ask questions, and test out a few models before applying for a voucher. More information can be found at denvergov.org/ebike.