Claremont has recently launched two new programs that promote eco-friendly and enjoyable transportation options for its residents: the E-Bike Rental Subsidy Program and the Claremont E-Bike Rebate Program.
The city has launched the E-Bike Rental Subsidy Program in collaboration with GoSGV. The E-Bike Rental Subsidy Program offers Claremont residents the opportunity to access free e-bike memberships. By signing up at gosgv.com, residents can receive their e-bike through pickup or delivery services.
Individuals must provide GoSGV staff with proof of residency and a refundable $250 deposit. GoSGV will return this deposit in full once customers’ memberships have ended. Low-income earners only need to pay $150.
According to the Claremont Courier, local residents can try out the e-bikes at local pick-up events before they subscribe to memberships. These pick-up events will be organized by GoSGV. Dates have yet to be announced.
Funding for the E-Bike Rental Subsidy Program is restricted. Once the program runs out of money, participants will be notified. They will then be given the option to cover the membership cost or return the bike.
Additionally, Claremont’s moderate-income individuals can benefit from the Claremont E-Bike Rebate Program. If approved, residents will receive a rebate of up to $1,000 when they purchase an e-bike valued at $3,000 or less.
Eligible recipients must commit to owning the e-bike for at least two years, with the city conducting verification checks every six months. Interested individuals can apply online via the city’s website. The city began distributing rebates on October 23.
Rebates will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out or the program undergoes changes.
It’s important to note that moderate income levels in Los Angeles County are relatively high due to the elevated cost of living. Income thresholds vary according to household size. Single individuals with incomes of up to $82,000 are eligible. For a family of four, the threshold rises to $117,850.
At the state level, California is working hard to promote e-biking. Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 712. The new law makes it illegal for landlords to bar their tenants from owning and charging e-bikes.