Electric Bicycles: According to draught legislation issued last month, the Oregon state legislature will examine a bill in the 2023 parliamentary session that would create a statewide rebate programme for electric bicycles.
The State Of Oregon May Implement A Rebate Programme For Electric Bicycles
It would require the state of Oregon to establish a rebate programme for electric bikes, cargo e-bikes, and safety gear such helmets, vests, lights, and locks. There is a price range of $950–$1200 for passenger e-bikes and $950–$1,700 for cargo e-bikes that qualify. Rebates are available not just on the e-bike itself, but also on any additional equipment purchased at the same time.
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The bill states that in order to receive a reimbursement, a person must have had an electric bicycle “for at least one year after receiving the rebate,” and that such a bicycle must have been purchased through a state-authorized store. The proposed law would set aside $6 million for the initiative.
Democratic state representative Karin Power, who is leaving office, and her team drafted the bill. In the upcoming legislative session, the bill will have a Democrat sponsor in State Representative Dacia Grayber.
“I volunteered to sponsor the bill because, in addition to being an e-bike rider and knowing firsthand how we’ve been able to improve our family’s mobility footprint,” Grayber wrote in an email.
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E-bikes, which also reduce our carbon footprint, are accessible and very inexpensive alternatives to car ownership in many areas. Promoting transportation justice and equity may be accomplished in a variety of ways, and incentivizing e-bikes is one of them.
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To encourage more people to use micro-mobility instead of cars and so reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, other states and towns have developed or are planning e-bike rebate programmes. However, there have been obstacles to these kinds of projects, such as a dearth of vehicles due to supply chain constraints and a lack of available finance.
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