During the summer of 2023, the city offered incentives to expand access to e-bikes, encourage adoption and to study the role e-bikes play in advancing Boulder's climate and transportation goals.

Project Overview

The city is offering e-bike incentives in July and September 2023. This webpage will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

The incentives provide those living in the city of Boulder with a discount voucher to cover part of the cost of an e-bike bought from a participating bike shop. Vouchers will be available for e-bikes, e-cargo bikes and adaptive e-bikes. Those interested will need to apply online to enter a random selection for a limited number of vouchers.

The city is randomly selecting applicants in an effort to make the incentives more equitable. The two-week registration period provides applicants time to register on their own schedule and receive application support if needed. Bike shops will be reimbursed for vouchers used at their stores.

Income-eligible applicants will receive larger discounts to help cover the upfront cost of e-bikes and important equipment. This could include helmets, child seats and bike locks to encourage safe, frequent use of new e-bikes.

The 2023 incentives are funded by the city's Climate Tax and supported by a partnership with Community Cycles.

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How to Register

Registration has closed. There were two registration rounds in 2023, one in July and another in September. A limited number of vouchers were available. Vouchers were awarded through a random selection system after the online registration period. Registrants who were waitlisted will be notified once all vouchers have been distributed.

For more details, read the Frequently Asked Questions, view the Official Rules or contact support.

Timeline

For e-bike registration notifications, sign up for the E-bike Alerts Email List.

  • Registration Period: July 6 at 9 a.m. to July 19 at 5 p.m.
  • Notification: once the registration period closes, a list of 200 applicants will be generated through an automated random selection process. You should receive an email by July 20 at 5 p.m. letting you know if you are selected to complete the application, are on the waitlist, or were not selected to receive a voucher this round. Please check your inbox and spam folders for an email from ebikesboulder@aptim.com.
    • The city will randomly select applicants for each voucher type to be on a waitlist in case selected recipients do not complete their application.
  • Completing the Application: recipients will have 96 hours (by July 24 at 5 p.m.) to submit proof of residency in the City of Boulder. Income-qualified recipients will also need to provide income-related documentation.
  • Receiving Your Voucher: Vouchers are issued as soon as documentation is reviewed and verified. Voucher recipients have 45 days from the time they receive their voucher to purchase an e-bike

  • Registration Period: Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. to Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Notification: once the registration period closes, a list of applicants will be generated through an automated random selection process to proceed to the next step. You should receive an email by Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. letting you know if you are selected to complete the application, are on the waitlist, or were not selected to receive a voucher this round. Please check your inbox and spam folders for an email from ebikesboulder@aptim.com.
  • The city will randomly select applicants for each voucher type to be on a waitlist in case selected recipients do not complete their application.
  • Completing the Application: recipients will have 96 hours (by Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.) to submit proof of residency in the city of Boulder. Income-qualified recipients will also need to provide income-related documentation.
  • Receiving Your Voucher: vouchers are issued as soon as documentation is reviewed and verified. Voucher recipients have 45 days from the time they receive their voucher to purchase an e-bike.

Application Support

Email EbikesBoulder@aptim.com or call 833-612-0624 if you need assistance submitting the required documentation. Support in Spanish is also available.

An e-bike is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor not exceeding 750 watts of power.

Participating Bike Shops

Vouchers can be used in-person at local participating bike shops in Boulder County. E-bikes cannot be purchased online.

More shops will be added as we confirm participation.

Participating local bike shops include:

Looking for a bike shop with adaptable e-bikes? Reach out to ebikesboulder@aptim.com for support.

Frequently Asked Questions

E-bikes are bicycles with rechargeable batteries and an electric motor that gives riders a boost as they pedal.

E-cargo bikes are designed to carry cargo or multiple people. They are typically larger and have a longer frame. Long tail, long john, Bakfiet and box bikes are all e-cargo bikes.

Adaptive e-bikes are e-bikes designed specifically for people experiencing disabilities or riders that require extra stability.

If you have questions about which bike is right for you, reach out to Community Cycles at ebike@communitycycles.org.

E-bikes have a range of benefits. They help users:

  • Use their car(s) less and save money on gas.
  • Bike longer distances and on tough terrain, like hills and dirt roads.
  • Run errands and make shorter trips quicker while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Provide first- and last-mile connections to public transit.
  • Live healthier lives. They get users moving outside as they travel from one place to another.
  • Improve the health of our community. E-bikes reduce air pollution from cars, which improves air quality.

New class 1 and 2 road, hybrid, e-cargo and adaptive e-bikes are eligible. Class 3 e-bikes, used e-bikes, and full-suspension mountain bikes are not eligible.

If you have questions about e-bike types or need support with finding an eligible bike, contact a local participating bike shop or reach out to Community Cycles at ebike@communitycycles.org.

Eligible e-bikes classes:

  • Class 1: an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 m.p.h.

  • Class 2: an electrical assisted bicycle equipped with an electric motor that provides assistance regardless of whether the rider is pedaling but ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 m.p.h.

All e-bikes must meet the following criteria:

  • The electric motor must be 750 watts or less and cannot be gas-powered

  • The motor must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedaling. In other words, you should have the option to manually pedal the e-bike forward without motor assistance.

  • The e-bike must have an adjustable height seat (as it comes from the factory).

All e-cargo bikes must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must have an extended frame designed to carry additional people or cargo.

  • Fall within the above definition of Class 1 or 2 e-bike

  • Designed to carry one or more passengers in addition to the rider OR designed to carry heavier or bulkier loads than a traditional bicycle can carry

  • Bike has an extended frame (long tail, long john, Bakfiet or box bike)

  • Bike has a published cargo load carrying capacity of at least 100 lbs.

E-bikes at-a-glance

A chart of e-bike classes at a glance

For full details, view the City of Boulder Municipal Code.

Learn how to choose an e-bike that fits your needs.

The incentives aim to support e-bikes that are allowed on all parts of the city’s bicycle network. Our sidewalks, multi-use paths and select open space multi-use trails work in combination with our streets to provide a comprehensive transportation network for travel by bicycle.

Because Class 3 e-bikes are not allowed on the city’s sidewalks, multi-use paths or the specific open space multi-use trails that started allowing e-bikes on July 1, only Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are eligible for the incentives.

Learn more on the e-micromobility webpage.

All participating bike shops stock Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes. For support finding the right e-bike, contact Community Cycles at ebike@communitycycles.org.

Voucher CategoryVoucher AmountEstimated Personal Cost After Voucher
Standard income e-bike $300 $1,000 to $1,700+
Standard income e-cargo bike $500 $1,300 to $5,500+
Income-qualified e-bike $1,200 $100 to $800+
Income-qualified e-cargo bike $1,400 $400 to $4,600+

*Please note: voucher amounts may change at the discretion of the City of Boulder.

The estimated cost of e-bikes after the voucher is applied can range based on the price of the bike and voucher amount.

E-cargo bikes generally cost more than e-bikes. Review the chart below for estimates.

Voucher categoryVOUCHER AMOUNTESTIMATED PERSONAL
COST AFTER VOUCHER
Standard income e-bike$300$1,000 to $1,700+
Standard income e-cargo bike$500$1,300 to $5,500+
Income-qualified e-bike$1,200$100 to $800+
Income-qualified e-cargo bike$1,400$400 to $4,600+

Please also consider:

  • This is a point-of-sale voucher, meaning voucher recipients will receive a discount when they purchase an e-bike.
  • The voucher recipient is responsible for paying the difference between the purchase price of the e-bike and the voucher amount.
  • There is no minimum or maximum purchase price. However, the voucher discount amount cannot exceed the purchase price of the e-bike, nor can it include taxes or shipping costs.

Only city of Boulder residents over the age of 18 are eligible. All applicants will need to provide proof of residency.

Standard Voucher: Residents of any income level can apply to the standard voucher.

Income-Qualified Voucher: Income-qualified applicants will need to provide proof of income or proof of participation in an income-qualified program. To qualify for the income-qualified voucher, your household income needs to be below 80% of area median family income for Boulder County as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Current (2023) income limits are shown below:

PERSONS IN FAMILY LOW (80%) INCOME LIMITS ($)
166,700
276,200
385,750
495,250
5102,900
6110,500
7118,150
8125,750

Find more information on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Income Limits Summary webpage.

There are two rounds of e-bike vouchers in 2023.

The first round was for 200 vouchers, evenly split between the four voucher types. The purpose of this was to gauge interest in the different incentive types and adjust, as needed, for the second release.

Because income-qualified applicants will receive a larger voucher amount, 79% of funding from the first release will go to income-qualified vouchers and 21% to standard income vouchers.

The second round is adjusted based on what we learned during round one to better meet the demand for different voucher types. For the second round, we will distribute vouchers based on the proportional demand for each voucher type. At least 50% of total vouchers will continue to be dedicated to income-qualified recipients. We will issue vouchers until voucher funds are spent.

All applicants must provide one of the following documents to show they are a resident of the City of Boulder.

  • Current valid Colorado Driver’s License or ID

  • Computer Generated Bill (utility, credit card, doctor, hospital, etc.)

  • Bank Statement

  • Pre-Printed Pay Stub

  • First-Class Mail (from a government agency or court)

  • Current Homeowner's, Renter's, or Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy

  • Mortgage, Lease, or Rental Contract

  • Motor Vehicle Registration

  • USPS Change of Address Form CNL107

  • Military Service Form DD214

Individuals who are unable to provide any of these documents may be eligible to provide a letter from a known community organization stating they are unhoused, use their facility and services, and receive their mail there.

To qualify for the income-qualified voucher, your household income needs to be below 80% of area median family income for Boulder County as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Current (2023) income limits are shown below:

Persons in family Low (80%) Income Limits ($)
1 66,700
2 76,200
3 85,750
4 95,250
5 102,900
6 110,500
7 118,150
8 125,750

Find more information on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Income Limits Summary webpage.

If you register for an income-qualified voucher and are randomly selected to receive one, you will need to upload related documentation dated within one year of application. Once your application is verified, you will receive your voucher.

Acceptable documents to provide proof of income include:

  • First page of Federal 1040 Document (please make sure to blackout any sensitive/private information such as Social Security Numbers, etc.)
  • Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Your Form SSA-1099
  • Old Age Pension (OAP)
  • Xcel Energy’s Income Qualified DSM Programs
  • Xcel Energy’s Income Qualified Community Solar Gardens program
  • Energy Outreach Colorado’s Colorado Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE)
  • Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Boulder Housing Partners Qualifying lease - showing all family in the household
  • Boulder County Public Assistance
  • Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) assistance
  • School Free/reduced lunch programs
  • Boulder Parks & Recreation Financial Aid
  • PlayPASS program

*All documents must be dated within one year of application.

Please note that Colorado State law restricts the use or disclosure of information concerning recipients of federally aided public assistance and welfare. Because of this, we cannot accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other federal assistance payments, social services and child welfare services documentation as proof of income.

You will be notified the day after the registration period closes via the email you submitted with your application. The city will contact registrants for the second round by Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. Please check your spam folder if you do not see this email.

No. A limited number of vouchers are randomly distributed during each round.

The city is randomly selecting applicants in an effort to make the incentives more equitable. The two-week registration period provides applicants time to register on their own schedule and receive application support if needed.

Vouchers can be used in-person at participating bike shops in Boulder County. E-bikes cannot be purchased online.

No, e-bikes must be purchased from local bike shops.

Doing so provides voucher recipients with a greater choice of e-bikes while supporting the local economy.

Income-qualified registrants can opt in to receive an additional $200 starter kit voucher. It can be used towards safety accessories including bike helmets, bike locks, bike lights and child seats.

Not all e-bikes are the same. The type of e-bike you ride changes where you are allowed to ride in the city.

To help you understand what bike is best for your needs, our partners at Community Cycles have published an E-bike Guide for Buyers.

In summer 2023, the city is offering incentives to expand access to e-bikes, encourage adoption and to study the role e-bikes play in advancing Boulder's climate goals and transportation goals.

All registrants are asked to participate in questionnaires to help the city understand how the incentives have impacted travel habits. Data from the questionnaires, including e-bike usage, will be collected in the coming months.

City staff will review learnings from the two rounds of e-bike vouchers to better understand the impact of e-bike incentives on the city's climate and transportation goals. Results will be shared in 2024.

No. The State of Colorado’s Community Access to Electric Bicycles Rebate Program is offering a limited number of e-bike rebates available to low- and moderate-income Coloradans. The first application opens in August 2023.

Residents of Boulder will be eligible to apply for the Statewide e-bike rebate program; however, they may not combine e-bike incentives/rebates from the State and the City of Boulder on a single e-bike purchase.

To learn more about the statewide program, visit the Colorado Energy Office E-bike Rebate webpage.

Sign up for the city’s Climate Initiatives and Transportation and Mobility e-newsletters for updates and other relevant news.

For e-bike application alerts, sign up for the E-bike Alerts Email List.

E-bike Resources

E-bike Buyer's Guide

Learn how to choose an e-bike that fits your needs with Community Cycle's guide.

Try an E-bike

Not looking to buy an e-bike but still want to try one out?

Free E-bike Workshops

Learn hands-on skills, from fixing a flat tire to brake adjustments, with our partner Community Cycles. Stay tuned for free workshops and skill-building opportunities available to voucher recipients.

E-bike Rules and Safety

Learn which wheels go where and how to safely use your e-bike.

E-bikes on Trails

Visitors can ride Class 1 and Class 2 electric bikes on specific Open Space and Mountain Parks trails beginning Saturday, July 1. Read our guide to learn more about the types of e-bikes allowed on city open space and where you can ride them.

Share the News

Use the flyer below to share general information about the city's E-bike Incentives.

Contact Support

For questions or assistance with the online portal, application, voucher status or payment inquiries, contact ATPIM at EbikesBoulder@aptim.com or 833-612-0624.

For general incentive questions, contact EbikeIncentives2023@bouldercolorado.gov or call the general City of Boulder Public Works Department information line at 303-441-3200.

For general e-bike questions, email ebike@communitycycles.org. Community Cycles can help you choose an e-bike, learn how to properly lock and store your new e-bike, identify bike routes and more.

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