Denver’s e-bike rebate program on indefinite hiatus

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There is no set date for the return of the rebate program offering Denver residents $400 to purchase an e-bike after the city paused because it reached capacity.

What is happening: Denver Climate Action Office says instant rebate program reached capacity on May 11, exceeding city expectations. The program was launched on Earth Day, April 22.

  • The city received 3,250 requests for e-bike rebates.
  • At least 40% of applications were income-based, which means these applicants can get more money – up to $1,200.

Climate Action Office Spokeswoman Winna MacLaren told Axios Denver that the city will know how many discounts have been used by mid-July, which is also the deadline for using credits.

The app The pause does not affect people who have already applied, according to the city.

  • Denver residents who received a coupon will be able to use the funds at multiple bike shops in the metro area.
  • Once enough rebates have been redeemed, the city will reach out to see how people are using their new e-bikes, MacLaren said.
  • This feedback will help the city determine if the program has reduced car trips, which can provide estimates of emission reductions.
  • MacLaren said the city will partner with organizations to offer incentives encouraging people to ride their bikes more often.

Background: The e-bike rebate program is part of the city’s five-year plan to fight climate change. It’s one of many options that give people money to make their lives and homes more environmentally friendly.

  • The city also offers home energy rebates for those interested in installing heat pumps, water heaters and electric vehicle chargers.

Be smart: You can register online for updates on when e-bike rebate claims will be available again.

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