City of Nelson rolls out e-bike program for residents
In a press release Wednesday, the City of Nelson said on June 1, 2020 that Council approved the roll-out of a city-wide electric bicycle program for residents to promote active transportation, the well-being of the community and reduce GHG emissions.
The City of Nelson said the program will provide low-interest financing to Nelson homeowners who wish to purchase a commuter bike that includes electric bikes, do-it-yourself conversion kits and non-electric bikes with the loan applied monthly on owner’s Nelson Hydro Electric. invoice and repaid over the term of the loan.
The City said the maximum loan amount will be $ 8,000 per household, which can cover the purchase of more than one bicycle. Participants will be able to choose an amortization period of two or five years, with an interest rate of 3.5% (subject to change each year).
“The council is pleased with the development of this new e-bike program and we hope it will provide the incentive and the tools people need to be able to buy a commuter bike,” said Mayor Nelson Dooley in the Press release.
“By increasing the use of bicycles in Nelson, we can reduce carbon emissions and pollution in our community. There are also increased benefits to having fewer vehicles on the road and more downtown parking capacity for visitors and retail customers.
The city said the program will be available to residents of the City of Nelson who own their own homes. Program participants are encouraged to buy locally and support Nelson’s economy.
The program provides an affordable option for making the transition to active transportation. Users may see additional benefits from spending more time outdoors and improving their fitness.
The City said some administrative steps must be taken before the e-bike program is officially in place. It is expected that this will be completed by mid-July to the end of July. Once the bylaw is passed, residents of Nelson can go online and apply for funding.
The application process will include a short survey to gather information about the program. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our local bike shops, do your research, and be ready to participate in this exciting new initiative.
The E-Bike program aligns with the province’s active transportation strategy called “Move. Commute. Connect. Which aims to build a cleaner, greener future for all British Columbians by:
Double the percentage of trips made in active transportation by 2030.
Offer incentives that encourage safe active transportation for all ages and abilities.
Help communities set up integrated and accessible active transportation systems.
Work with communities to create policies and plans that enable and support comprehensive active transportation networks.
The City said Nelson Hydro, the city’s electric utility, has been providing EcoSave since 2012, which helps customers reduce their energy use and GHG emissions. The program encourages Nelson Hydro customers to complete energy assessments of their homes to determine what energy efficiency improvements (retrofits) can be made.
The program offers a loan of up to $ 16,000 which is repaid through Nelson Hydro’s electric bill, this is bill financing and will be extended to bicycles.
Since 2019, the EcoSave program has expanded to the region in partnership with the RDCK and now operates under the name of the Regional Energy Efficiency Program, please visit www.rdck.ca/reep to learn more.