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Cool Solutions
How 13 bikes for low income riders became 13,000
Storytellers: Christian Willis, Colorado Energy Office Rachel Hultin, Bicycle Colorado Frieda Mitchell & Darnell Robinson, Can Do CO participants Mike Salisbury Denver Office of Climate Action Sustainability and Resilience Ash Lovell, People for Bikes
 Wendy Ring  Contact Contributor
March 11, 2023, 9:06 a.m.
"When I read in 2020 that Colorado ran a pilot program to give away just 13 e-bikes, I scoffed. What difference could that possibly make? Now I have to eat my bike helmet." - Wendy Ring, Cool Solutions Producer and Host. Turns out that mini-pilot laid the foundation for Denver's wildly successful e-bike program by proving that e-bikes cut car trips and emissions and that low income folks do want to ride them. Denver's program inspired a statewide program that's the largest in the US. And e, by the way, also stands for equity. The consistent emphasis on removing financial barriers to e-bikes is building a constituency to press for safe cycling infrastructure in neglected low income neighborhoods.
Dan Bodan, Scott Holmes Jason Shaw and Beeside

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00:28:00 1 March 11, 2023
Arcata, CA
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