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Worcester Area Program Offers Free E-Bikes to Residents

By Tom Marino | February 29, 2024
Last Updated: February 29, 2024

WORCESTER – MassBike has opened applications for the second phase of the Worcester E-Bike program through March 31.

The program recently receive a mini-grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to launch the second round of the program, which also expands the pool of eligible applicants. In phase two, the program has two incentive options. The first subsidizes 60% to 75% of the cost of an e-bike, while the other 100% of the cost.

To participate in the program, the applicant must have an annual household gross income of 80 percent of state median income. Those limits range from $60,523 for single-person household to $160,620 for an eight person household. Participants must be 18 years old or older and live and/or work in Auburn, Millbury, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Boylston, West Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Leicester, Westborough, or Worcester.

Participants, and which incentive option they qualify for, are decided by the MassBike program.

Selected participants will be required to provide weekly riding data for six months and participate in at least one group bike ride. Once the program has
concluded, participants will own the e-bike and accessories if program requirements are met.

During the first phase of the program, which began in May 2022, MassBike distributed 98 electric assist-bicycles were distributed to Worcester area residents and tracked their usage. Through the end of 2023, the program tracked 14,004 trips taken by e-bike riders.

To learn more about the program, see the full eligibility requirements, and access the program application, visit the MassBike website.

Image Credit: JasonVogel, ETricks C01 electric bike, CC BY-SA 4.0

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