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Atlanta E-Bike Rebate Program

The Atlanta Regional Commission has partnered with the City of Atlanta and Propel ATL to offer an equity focused E-Bike Rebate Program designed to provide affordable transportation options for City of Atlanta residents, particularly moderate and low-income individuals. Fueled by a $1,000,000 investment from the City of Atlanta, this initiative aims to break down barriers to e-bike ownership, reduce transportation costs, and replace solo car trips to work, the grocery store, and local parks and recreation centers.

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Applications Are Now Open

Applications Open: June 16, 2024 – June 23, 2024

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Eligibility

A limited number of e-bike rebates will be made available following the launch of the program.  Eligibility requirements for rebates include:

  • You must be a City of Atlanta resident. If you are not sure if you’re a City of Atlanta resident, enter your address in the City of Atlanta Property Map Viewer. If your address is located outside of the City of Atlanta boundary, you are not a City of Atlanta resident.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must submit a complete online application to be eligible to be selected to receive an E-Bike rebate. The application must be submitted between Sunday, June 16, 2024 and Sunday, June 23, 2024.
  • If selected to receive an E-Bike rebate, you must provide documentation that verifies your eligibility.

Available E-Bike Rebates

The program will provide an upfront rebate known as a point-of-sale rebate, which means the rebate amount is deducted from the price of the bike when you buy it at local bike shop. You don’t have to submit a receipt and get reimbursed after the purchase. Rebates are limited to one per City of Atlanta resident and bikes must be purchased at a participating local bike shop.

E-Bike Rebate Amounts
Standard E-Bike Cargo E-Bike
Non-Income Qualified Rebate $500 $1,000
Income Qualified Rebate $1,500 $2,000

Application Process

  1. The online application for the E-Bike Rebate Program is open between Sunday, June 16, 2024 and Sunday, June 23, 2024. All applications submitted during this timeframe, that meet the program residency requirement, are eligible to be selected to receive an E-Bike rebate.
  2. Through a randomized lottery selection process, a pre-determined number (based on available funding) of applicants will be selected to receive an E-Bike rebate. NOTE: Income qualified applicants are more likely to be selected to receive a rebate since 75% of total rebate funds are designated for low- and moderate-income individual and families earning at or below 80% of the Atlanta region’s area median income (AMI).
  3. Applicants selected to receive an E-Bike rebate are required to submit eligibility verification documentation before they are issued a rebate. This documentation includes verification of date of birth, residency, and household income (for income qualified applicants).
    View Eligibility Documentation
  4. Application verification documentation is reviewed to verify program eligibility. After being deemed eligible, a rebate code will be issued to the applicant.
  5. Rebate recipients have 90 days to purchase an e-bike at a participating City of Atlanta e-bike retailer. A list of participating e-bike retailers can be found in the FAQ section and will be provided to rebate recipients.

NOTE: Pending funding availability, there is expected to be two additional application rounds for the E-Bike Rebate Program – for a total of three rounds. Information about these additional rounds, including application dates, will be communicated when available.

Estimated Timeline

  1. Online Applications Open
    Sunday, June 16, 2024 – Sunday, June 23, 2024
  2. Rebate Recipients Selected
    Week of June 23, 2024
  3. Eligibility Verification of Rebate Recipients and Rebates Issued
    On a rolling basis; completed by end of July 2024
  4. Additional Program Application Rounds (Pending Funding Availability)
    August 2024 & October 2024

Income Qualified Rebates

The program reserves 75% of total rebate funds for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, defined as those earning at or below 80% of the Atlanta region’s area median income (AMI), which is at or below $60,200 for an individual (see table below).

Proof of income, for each income-earning member of the household, must be provided during the eligibility verification process if selected to receive an income-qualified rebate. If you are claimed as a dependent on another person’s most recent income tax filing, you are considered to be a member of that person’s household regardless of your current living situation.

The chart below displays the household income earnings that meet this income qualified threshold. You must earn at or below the income levels in the chart for your household size to qualify for an income-qualified rebate. The size of a household is defined by the total number of individuals living within a housing unit who are who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption. For more information on the methodology regarding these income limits, visit the website of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


FY2024 Income Levels at 80% Area Median Income (AMI) for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

Participating Bike Shops

View our map of all participating bike locations.

AC Clutch Bicycle Shop

1384 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
SW Suite-B
Atlanta, GA 3031
(404) 594-4205

Atlanta Cycling

1860 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30324
(404) 873-2451

Atlanta Pro Bikes

1039 N Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 254-1230

Big Peach Bike and Run

800 Peachtree Street, Suites B & C
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 602-9903

Edison Electric Bikes

1619 Hosea L. Williams Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30317
(470) 588-1619

ElectroBike Georgia

151 Sampson Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 400-7132

eStar Rides

1728 Campbellton Road SW, Unit A1
Atlanta, GA 30311
(678) 383-0296

Specialized Atlanta

112 Krog St NE, Suite 10
Atlanta, GA 30307
(470) 890-1121

Intown Bicycles

1035 Monroe Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 872-1736

Loose Nuts Cycles

452 Cherokee Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 228-5555

Outback Bikes

484 Moreland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-4878

Pedego Electric Bikes

414 Bill Kennedy Way SE
Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 975-3915

Atlanta E-Bike Rebate Program FAQ

Can I resell the bike after I purchase it?

No. E-bikes purchased with the rebate are for personal use and not for resale.

Can rebates be applied retroactively?

No. Rebates are not retroactive to past purchases.

Can I get the extra amount of the rebate in cash if the e-bike costs less than the rebate amount?

No. The rebate will cover the full cost of the e-bike, but no more.

What type of e-bikes are covered by the rebate?

Rebates will be available for Class 1, 2, and 3 standard e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, and e-trikes. To be eligible for a rebate, e-bike must have two or three wheels and fully operable pedals; the electric motor must be 750 watts or less and cannot be gas-powered. E-bike conversion kits and used e-bikes are excluded from the program.

What is the difference between a standard e-bike and an e-cargo bike?

A standard e-bike is a Class 1, 2, or 3 e-bike with two or three wheels and fully operable pedals. The electric motor must be 750 watts or less and cannot be gas-powered.

E-cargo bikes must have an extended frame designed to carry additional people or cargo. E-cargo bikes are designed to carry one or more passengers in addition to the rider OR Heavier or bulkier loads than a traditional bicycle can carry.

E-cargo bikes must have an extended frame (long tail, long john, Bakfiet or box bike). And their extended frame must have a published cargo load carrying capacity of at least 100 lbs.

Can I get my e-bike from an online retailer?

No. To help ensure that residents have a place to get their e-bike serviced and repaired, we require that all participating bike shops have a brick-and-mortar location in the area that performs maintenance on the bikes they sell. You must visit a participating bike shop’s brick and mortar location to use your rebate.

Can I get an e-bike conversion kit with my rebate?

No. The rebate can only be used to purchase complete e-bikes.

How do I qualify as a participating bike shop?

Participating bike shops must be a brick-and-mortar store located within the City of Atlanta. E-Bikes must be sold at the indicated physical location. The bike shop must be capable of providing on-site maintenance and service for E-bikes. Rebates will not be redeemable for any online sales and are not retroactive for past purchases. Participating bike shops are selected through the ARC procurement process.

How can I bring a similar program to my area if I’m not in the City of Atlanta?

As the official planning agency for the 11-county region, we will make every effort to provide technical assistance, best practices, and the latest standards and guidance to ensure that you have an opportunity to participate in a similar program in your area. Please let us know if you are interested in bringing an e-bike rebate to your city, county, or municipality.

What is an E-Bike?

The state of Georgia defines electric bicycles as a bicycle or a tricycle equipped with with fully operable pedals, a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and an electric motor of less than 750 watts. Electric bikes are categorized into 3 categories:

  1. Class 1 is for bikes equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and it stops when the electric bicycle reaches the speed of 20 mph.
  2. Class 2 is for bikes equipped with a motor that provides assistance when pedaling up to 20 mph. It is also equipped with a throttle that will power the bike up to 20 mph without pedaling.
  3. Class 3 applies to those bikes equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and it stops when the electric bicycle reaches the speed of 28 mph.


Do you need a license, insurance or registration in Georgia?

Georgia law does not require licensing or registration of electric bikes.

What are the restrictions on Motor power or throttle in Georgia?

The power output of the motor of an electric bike can’t exceed 750w.

Are there any age restrictions to riding an electric bike in Georgia?

You need to be older than 15 to ride a class 3 electric bike.

What are the laws around helmets in Georgia?

You must wear a helmet to ride a class 3 electric bike..

What are the rules for riding on the road in Georgia?

Electric bikes are allowed to ride in the road, but must be as far right as practical or on a finished shoulder. Electric bikes are allowed on all marked bike paths.

Under Georgia law, local ordinances may restrict where electric bikes may be used.


What are the rules for riding on the trails in Georgia?

E-bikes that can reach over 20 mph are not allowed on bicycle trails.

Sources:

  • Georgia Highway Safety – Bike Pedestrian Safety
  • GA – Official Code of Georgia Annotated
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