How we’re helping New York State make e-bikes more accessible to underserved and disproportionally impacted communities while promoting clean transportation
The case for e-bikes
E-bikes outsold electric cars by 2:1 in 2020. Yet low public investment undervalues their clean transportation impacts and latent demand. And shared micromobility companies rarely invest in markets serving smaller or low-income communities, nor do they offer a consistent, everyday transportation solution for residents.
Our project “Accelerating Clean Communities With E-Bike Systems (ACCESS)” helps address these challenges. If awarded a grand prize, ACCESS will encompass short-, medium-, and long-term actions to make e-bikes more widely accessible, and at scale. Since personally owned e-bikes can be expensive, this means bringing more low-income communities into the growing e-bike revolution with its active and electric mobility benefits.
Along with partners Shared Mobility Inc. and GObike Buffalo, we’ll integrate e-bikes within five underserved communities. Establishing free e-bike lending libraries, which includes operation, maintenance, and safety support. Enabling permanent bike ownership through substantial tiered rebates to participants. And catalyzing active/electric mobility with infrastructure planning to support electric active transportation in each community, including bike lanes, corrals, and charging facilities.
“Our goal is to make e-bikes an integral part of the local transportation landscape, improve access, and reduce emissions.” — Katie O’Sullivan
If successful and selected for a grand prize, our team will receive $10 million in additional funding—awarded through Phase Two of the New York Clean Transportation Prizes program—to fully implement the e-bike program in select communities.