Electric Bike Lending Pilot Program

The Oakland Electric Bike Lending Pilot Program will make electric bikes available for low-cost rental in West Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale / San Antonio and East Oakland.

In Process
Start date:
Oct 15, 2022
Completion date:
Oct 15, 2026


Electric bikes are a transformative technology that can greatly increase the range and accessibility of bicycles while helping reduce dependence on car ownership. However, they are prohibitively expensive for many low-income communities. Adaptive bikes, which serve persons with disabilities, are particularly expensive. The Oakland Electric Bike Lending Pilot Program will provide priority communities with access to affordable medium and long-term rentals with approximately 100 e-bikes, cargo bikes, and adaptive bikes at launch, while supporting community-run bike shops to perform maintenance and educate users.

This five year project is funded by a $1,000,000.00 grant from the Clean Mobility Options (CMO) Voucher Program. The project will be operated by GRID Alternatives Bay Area, in partnership with local bike shops.

CMO is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment —particularly in disadvantaged communities.

In Fall 2022, community engagement to inform eventual program design was completed. For an in-depth report on community engagement strategy and findings, see our Community Engagement Report.

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Community Engagement Complete
Fall 2022

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