CCTA launches electric bicycle rebate pilot program

Oct. 6, 2020
Residents can now earn cash back for qualifying electric bike purchases.

The 511 Contra Costa (511CC) and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) have partnered to launch a pilot program for residents of Contra Costa County, allowing them to receive cash rebates for new electric bicycles (e-bikes).

A limited number of $150 rebates ($300 for low-income residents) are available for residents of each Contra Costa city to assist in the purchase of e-bikes, e-bike conversion kits and electric mopeds (with a maximum speed less than 30 mph). E-bikes are clean fuel vehicles that provide riders with an alternative to driving when traveling short to medium distances on local streets.

“We’re proud to partner with 511 Contra Costa on this effort,” said Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director Randell Iwasaki. “E-bikes offer several key benefits as an alternative to driving. They reduce congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate parking dilemmas and can help bridge those first and last-mile trips to transit. Plus, they are just really cool.”

Post-purchase rebates are available for county residents who purchase e-bikes on or after Oct. 1, 2020, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“One of our goals is to introduce Contra Costa residents to this energy-efficient mode of transportation by helping to reduce costs and raising awareness about the benefits of e-bikes in their communities,” said Kristen Riker, project manager, 511CC.

CCTA’s local Measure J sales tax is the funding source for this program and others like it to encourage alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle.