Denver’s shockingly popular e-bike rebate program kicks off again in July

The city will release 2,000 e-bike rebates, half to income-qualifying residents.

Stephanie Vail and Pete Winterscheidt wheel their electric bicycles to the front yard of their Sloan's Lake home in Denver on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Stephanie Vail and Pete Winterscheidt wheel their electric bicycles to the front yard of their Sloan's Lake home in Denver on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

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Denver started handing out e-bike rebates in April, offering $400 for regular e-bikes, $1,200 for income-qualifying residents, and an additional $500 for cargo e-bikes. The program took off faster than anybody expected.

By May 11, after the first three weeks of the program, the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency had handed out 3,000 e-bike rebates and squeezed the brakes.

In the weeks since, the city has retooled the program, and it will be rolling again on July 11, at 8 a.m. The city will make another 2,000 rebates available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Half will be for income-qualifying residents.

The bikes must be purchased at certain local bike shops, including Denver’s own e-bike manufacturer FattE Bikes, SloHi Bikes, Crowley Cycles and many more.

Rebates will be released monthly throughout the year on the following dates: Monday, August 1; Tuesday, September 6; Monday, October 3; Monday, November 7; and Monday, December 5.

As of Tuesday, 848 of the 3,000 distributed e-bike rebates had been redeemed. Of the initial funds, 56% went to income-qualified residents.

The city’s green rebates don’t stop with e-bikes. Denver also offers rebates for home-energy upgrades including heat pumps, solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, battery storage and electrical panels.

For those unsure about whether an e-bike is a good fit, the city is encouraging people to visit the eligible local bike stores to explore options and try out rides.

To get on the list for e-bike rebates, go here. For more about the city’s other home energy rebates, go here.

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