DDOT Program Offers Vouchers for E-Bike Purchases

The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently launched an electric bicycle or “e-bike” incentive program for inhabitants of Washington, D.C. – particularly for low income residents – offering vouchers worth up to $2,000.

[Above photo by the DDOT]

“Our goal is to encourage e-bike usage by making them more affordable for District residents,” said DDOT Acting Director Sharon Kershbaum in a statement. “Not only can this provide a viable option for transportation and assist with traffic congestion and air quality within the city, but it can also provide an opportunity for those that might otherwise not have the means.” 

DDOT Acting Director Kershbaum. Photo by DDOT.

The DDOT noted that the first application window for its e-bike vouchers opens for “preferred applicants” from April 1 through April 15. The agency said a “preferred applicant” is a Washington, D.C., resident enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, or the DC Healthcare Alliance.

Preferred applicants can apply to receive a voucher of up to $2,000 towards an e-bike, cargo bike, e-bike maintenance, or other qualified accessories to be redeemed at select authorized bike retailers.

DDOT noted that purchases must be pre-approved, only approved applicants will receive a voucher, and that voucher recipients will be randomly selected once the application window closes.

She added that if funds are not expended in the first round of the new program, a second window will be open to all residents. For more information about the District E-Bike Incentive Program or to apply, please visit ddot.dc.gov/ebikes.

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