It’s time to start using e-bikes as an economic development tool. According to a recent survey conducted by, a remarkable 60 percent of cyclists would consider moving to a city that offers incentives to purchase an electric bike.

Data journalist James Campigotto, who contributed to the report, noted how Americans are seeking cost-effective commuting options and an enhanced quality of life. They want to experience the simple pleasure of being outdoors on a bike, enjoying the breeze and soaking up the sunshine. E-bike incentives can help Americans to achieve these goals.

Moreover, an even higher percentage of respondents expressed support for a federal credit that would assist them in purchasing an e-bike, regardless of where they reside.

70 percent showed favorable views towards the recently reintroduced EBIKE Act. The EBIKE Act would create refundable tax credits of up to 30 percent of the purchase price for new pedal-assist bicycles priced under $8,000. The maximum credit would be $1,500. However, only a small fraction (20 percent) of respondents were knowledgeable about the specifics of the legislation.

The 30 percent of riders who did not support the EBIKE Act cited “public safety concerns” as their main motivation.

Approximately half of the respondents expressed optimism regarding the environmental and congestion-reducing potential of e-bikes. E-bikes have been shown to replace more car trips compared to conventional bicycles.

Additionally, 63 percent of respondents were encouraged by the fact that e-bikes provide a mobility alternative. This suggests that everyday people (and not just policy enthusiasts) are concerned about car dependency.


Understanding why so many cyclists desire e-bike rebates can be insightful for policymakers at all government levels. Too many politicians continue to be blind to the value of investing in e-bikes.

The number one obstacle to greater e-bike adoption is unsafe cycling infrastructure. Without safe cycling infrastructure, e-bike incentives may not persuade non-cyclists to use e-bikes frequently. Although it’s essential for local governments to adopt e-bike incentives, they need to be just as diligent in separating cyclists from vehicles on their roadways.