E-Bikes for Everyone

Up to $1,000 to purchase or lease an e-bike

The E-Bikes for Everyone program helps eligible residents purchase or lease a new e-bike. The incentive – up to $1,000 – will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The rebate is for up to $1,000 for the purchase of a new e-bike OR you can lease an e-bike for one year through Ridepanda at a discounted rate. Leases are month to month with no upfront cost.

You can preview available bikes for lease on Ridepanda's website here

See Frequently Asked Questions for more details

Are you eligible?

To qualify for E-Bikes for Everyone, you must meet the following:

  • Be a resident of either San Mateo County or City of Los Banos.
  • Show proof of income in one of two ways:
  • Clipper START – Copy of the eligibility letter (Clipper START cards expire every two years) 
  • Residency in Affordable Housing, Public Housing, or Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) –   A copy of the lease for Residency in Affordable Housing. 
  • Public Housing – Approval letter from the Housing Authority of San Mateo County or Los Banos. 
  • Residency in Section 8 – A copy of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher 
  • California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) or Family Electrical Rate Assistance Program (FERA) – Copy of the most recent PG&E statement 
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Copy of the most recent PG&E statement. 
  • CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps) – The most recent copy of the Notice of Approval For CaFRESH/SNAP Benefits –  See this form for an example.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – The most recent copy of the Notice of Approval For WIC Benefits. 
  • CalWORKs (TANF) or Tribal TANF – Copy of the most recent cash assistance Notice of Approval. 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – A copy of the most recent benefit letter for SSI (2023). 
  • Free or Reduced National School Lunch Program (NSLP) – Notice of approval letter for the Free or Reduced National School Lunch Program. 
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only) – A copy of the General Assistance letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs that includes the Benefit Qualifying person’s first name and last name as well as the expiration date.

A copy of 2023 Tax returns – Must show the full page of the 1040 form  

Number of People in Household*Maximum Annual Income**

* Count only yourself plus any spouse and/or dependents you have.

** Adjusted gross income for your household. Calculations based on 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (2024).

If you have additional questions about eligibility, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. 

Please refer to the program Terms & Conditions prior to application.

If eligible, follow these steps

Step 1: Complete the application

If you need assistance completing the application or support in person, see the “Need help with applying?” section below.

Step 2: If approved, we will email you a unique code and details on how to purchase your e-bike from a participating bike shop, or how you can start a lease through Ridepanda. You will have 6 weeks (42 days) to either buy your bike or start a lease with Ridepanda

Step 3: Purchase or lease your e-bike! 

E-Bike requirements

  • Must have operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts 
  • All classes (Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3) are eligible
  • Must be in new condition (demo bike or blemished bikes are eligible)
  • Conversion kits, scooters, and mopeds are not eligible 
  • Accessories, bike locks, and helmets are not included
  • Assembly fees may be included

Need help with applying?

If you prefer to complete an application in person or over the phone, you may contact one of our partners below:

  • Acterra at 408-641-8978 or email Uliana Mazan at uliana.mazan@acterra.org 
  • ‘Anamatangi Polynesian Voices at (650) 699-2252 or email Heleine.Grewe@gmail.com (Translation is available in Samoan/Tongan)
  • HealthWays at 650-290-4161 or go to their office in-person at 6754 Mission Street, Daly City, CA 94014
  • El Concilio at 650-373-1080 or go to their office in-person at 3180 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Puente de la Costa Sur at 650-879-1691 (For residents of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar or San Gregorio)
  • Senior Coatsiders at 650-726-9056 or go to their office in-person at 925 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Learn more about e-bikes

Want to learn the basics about an e-bike? What are the different classes and how can you pick the best one for you? Visit our About E-Bikes website for a quick tutorial!

For more support, we are partnering with the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition to provide test rides and educational webinars so you can learn about e-bikes.

Attend an “E-Bikes Basics” webinar where you will learn more about what to consider when looking for and buying your e-bike. For example: what are the different types of e-bikes? What are the benefits of e-bikes? How can you keep yourself and your e-bike safe? Join us to find out which e-bike is right for you.

Upcoming “E-Bike Basics” webinars:

  • Wednesday, July 10 from 12 -1 p.m. Link here.

Test ride an e-bike at one of these upcoming community rides: