A genius program, and one Toronto should think about. Once (if?) Toronto gets an adequate network of bike lanes across the city (oh hey, Minimum Grid), a long ride to wherever you need to go is much more doable with a little electric boost to your pedals.
(NOT talking about the horrible “e-bikes” that look like scooters that are NEVER pedaled – talking about regular looking bikes that get a little push from an electric motor, extending the range someone can go).
The same goes for electric cargo bikes, apparently. The city of Oslo, which has a population of about 600,000, announced an initiative last week to allocate 5 million Kroner ($600,000) toward subsidizing electric cargo bikes for anybody who wants one.
The grant will cover 25% of any electric bike purchase with a cap of $1,200. The going price for an electric bike ranges from $2,400 to $6,000, according to CityLab.
So, while the city is not going as far as offering up the bikes for free, it helps make the high cost less prohibitive.