DENVER — Denver’s first electric bike library launched August 7 in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood to support essential workers with their commutes and other trips. Northeast Transportation Connections will oversee the e-bike library, which was funded by the voter-approved Climate Protection Fund through Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency (CASR). E-bikes will be available free of charge for use by income-qualified essential workers.
“This is the first community-based investment of the Climate Protection Fund,” said Grace Rink, CASR’s executive director. “Our low-income communities are the most burdened by climate change impacts such as poor air quality, and it is critical that we support our essential workers with resources that increase their quality of life. These e-bikes will provide free, reliable, and healthier modes of transport.”
Northeast Transportation Connections will manage the e-bike libraries, furthering the organization’s mission to improve air quality by reducing single-occupant vehicle use and promoting biking, carpooling, transit and walking as healthier options than driving alone.
“We want to provide the community access to biking with no strings attached,” said Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Executive Director of Northeast Transportation Connections. “This program is for those who need affordable and reliable transportation. These e-bikes remove barriers to alternative modes of transportation, as there is no contract to join, no need to have a credit card and it eliminates the maintenance costs of owning a personal e-bike.”
The e-bike library will be provided in partnership with Focus Points Family Resource Center, an established community-based organization in the neighborhood. All of the e-bikes deployed for this program will be manufactured in Denver by FattE-Bikes, a locally owned and operated e-bike shop in the Sun Valley neighborhood.
"Bike libraries have truly been a great resource for our community members, and the addition of e-bikes through this opportunity would only improve this resource and increase demand. The library is more accessible than other bike options for our community, and we anticipate nothing but success,” said Jules Kelty, Executive Director of Focus Points Family Resource Center.
About Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency
Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver City Council created the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency to manage the City's ambitious emission reduction goals and sustainability programs in collaboration with fellow departments, other units of government, and community partners. The office ensures that the City's targets are aligned with current climate science, promotes the role that climate action and sustainability play in strengthening Denver's economic vitality and a prosperous future for all residents and businesses, and embraces equity as a value and practice in all of its work.