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eBike Program 

Smart Commute, in partnership with RTD, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Colorado Communities Action Association, Broomfield, and Northglenn, is providing up to 35 electric bikes (eBikes) for qualified residents in Adams and Broomfield Counties. The Program is designed to demonstrate that eBikes are a safe, healthy, and convenient way to take essential trips around town. Program participants receive an eBike and accessories in exchange for using them to commute to work and run errands around town. As part of the program, eBikers provide trip data through September 2023 using a phone app developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). Smart Commute’s Program is one of seven operating throughout the state using CEO start-up funding.

FAQs

An electric bicycle, also known as an eBike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor used to assist propulsion. There are various classes of eBikes, dependent on the power assistance provided. Smart Commute’s Program uses Class I eBikes, which means they are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20mph. Learn more about the health benefits of eBiking from this European-based eBiking Health Study.
The program launched 10 eBikes in 2021 with another 25 deploying in the summer of 2022. Participants will receive an eBike and accessories on loan for 90 days to try eBiking and see if it is a good fit.  If after 90 days eBiking is working as a primary means of transportation, and the participant wants to actively remain in the program, the eBike and accessories become theirs!  If eBiking is not a good fit, the participant returns the eBike and accessories for another participant to try out.

A $250 refundable deposit is required, with limited scholarships available. Use your eBike to commute to work and for most of your around-town trips, secure and maintain your eBike properly, provide trip data and survey responses about your eBike trip experiences.

  • Must make $30,864 or less annually.  There is some leeway for the income requirement but requires State approval.
  • Must live in Adams or Broomfield and work in Smart Commute’s service area, ideally living within a 10-mile radius of worksite.
  • Must be willing to use the eBike for commutes to work, and other trips around town.
  • Must be willing to actively record trip data using the NREL phone app.
  • $250 refundable deposit ( The first 10 participants’ deposits are covered by a grant through the Colorado Community Action Association. Any Northglenn residents participating in 2022 are covered by a grant through the Northglenn Healthy Eating, Active Living (Northglenn HEAL) initiative).
Yes, Smart Commute has some limited funding to support participants with adaptive equipment for special needs.

There are other programs in Boulder, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, and Pueblo.  If you are interested in eBikes and live or work in one of these communities, drop us a note and we’ll connect you or check out the NREL Public Dashboard for eBike Programs around the state.

Get started today with the eBike Agreements & Application. If you’re interested in applying but have questions, please fill out the contact form below:

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