Now electric-assist bike technology is emerging as a mobility revolution in Vermont. Currently, Burlington (in the northwest part of the Vermont) and Brattleboro (in the southeast) are the Vermont hotbeds for electric-assist bikes and e-cargo bikes. However, since Brattleboro is in Green Mountain Power’s service area, this rebate program will significantly boost the numbers already pioneering e-bike mobility in this bustling town. Abby Mnookin, a e-cargo bike riding mom of two and leader with 350 Vermont, stated that “the GMP rebate program is just the sort of thing we need to help people move away from such car dependent lives. Everyday in Brattleboro I’m seeing more and more people on bikes and the cargo bike families are flourishing. We need to make this more affordable and the rebates certainly will help.” Other areas such as Rutland, Bennington, Middlebury and Montpelier will also benefit greatly.
Dave Cohen said that “we’re looking at a multitude of other possibilities like subsidies and other incentives to lower the cost of an e-bike purchase., especially regarding the e-cargo bikes for families. One dream is to have a special low-income family subsidy that would make this so affordable that barely anyone would refuse. We think that the e-bike and e-cargo bike are the real future for a community healthy and ecologically viable Vermont.”