By Melanie Curry
One of the ways the state of California hopes to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals is by replacing gas-powered cars with electric vehicles. To that end, the California Air Resources Board has created several programs, funded by cap-and-trade, to help state residents buy electric cars. But—so far—the state has not offered any help to people who want to purchase electric bikes.
People tend to dismiss the idea as inconsequential, but electric bikes could help people replace many of their short car trips—and most trips in California are under three miles, a distance easily covered by an e-bike. Shifting those trips to bikes has added benefits that you can’t get with electric cars, as well, including reducing congestion and helping people get some healthy outdoor activity…
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