Atlanta E-Bike Rebate Program

Atlanta Regional Commission, the City of Atlanta, and PropelATL partner for an equity-focused e-bike rebate program, making sustainable commuting affordable.

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Expected launch: Spring 2024

The Atlanta Regional Commission is partnering 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.

City of Atlanta residents can apply for a limited number of rebates. The program is expected to launch in Spring 2024. Income qualified residents are eligible to receive a $1,500 rebate for a standard e-bike and $2,000 for a cargo e-bike. Rebates for other residents are $500 for a standard e-bike and $1,000 for a cargo e-bike. Rebates are limited to one per resident and bikes must be purchased at a participating local bike shop. About 800 to 1,000 e-bikes are expected to be purchased through the rebate program.

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.

Available E-Bike Rebates
Standard E-Bike Cargo E-Bike
Instant Rebate $500 $1,000
Income Qualified Rebate $1,500 $2,000

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Atlanta E-Bike Rebate Program FAQ

When will the City of Atlanta E-Bike Rebate Program launch?

The program is expected to launch in spring 2024.

How do I apply for the program?

City of Atlanta residents are invited to register at www.atlantaregional.org/ebikerebate when the application process opens in spring 2024. The registration window will be open for two weeks. Applicants will be randomly selected and invited to submit the required documentation according to the rebate type selected (standard rebate or income qualified). Once the applicant’s information is verified, the applicant will receive a rebate code that can be used at participating bike shops. We anticipate holding multiple application cycles through the year.

How do I qualify for the City of Atlanta E-Bike Rebate Program?

Residents living within the City of Atlanta defined boundaries who are at least 18 years old qualify for this program.

The program reserves 75% of rebate funds for income-eligible individuals earning at or below 80% of the Atlanta region’s median household income, or about $54,000 a year. As of this writing, applicants must provide at least 1 of the following for each member of the household: most recent paystub, Social Security check/benefits, most recent W2 or 1099, or unemployment benefits/workers comp benefits.


Will I need to submit documentation as proof identification, date of birth, and residency?

Yes. Applicant’s will be required to provide Proof of Identification and Date of Birth. A Georgia Driver’s Licenses, Georgia Voter ID card, Birth Certificate or valid U.S Passport will be accepted. For Proof of Residency, a current rental/lease agreement, Georgia Vehicle Registration or Title, or most recent utility bill will be accepted.

If you provide your GA Driver’s License as your Proof of Identification and Date of Birth, no additional documentation will need to be submitted.


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. An e-Cargo bike has an extended frame (a long tail, long john, Bakfiet, or box bike) designed to carry additional people or cargo. The bike’s 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.

Will there be a list of participating bike shops?

Yes. A list and map of participating bike shops will be published on the program website.

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 boundaries. 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.

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.

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Sources:

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