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E-Bike Incentive Program

MBARD is offering $1,000 to low-income applicants in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties as an incentive to purchase a Class 1, 2, or 3 electric bicycle in the price range of $1,000 - $4,000.

Purchase date must be on or after September 28, 2021.

20 (of 50) incentives available as of 5/11/22

The Monterey Bay Air Resources District is pleased to offer the Monterey Bay e-Bike Incentive Program (e-BIP) to low-income applicants from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. As e-bike technology advances and more e-bike models become available, e-bikes can be a useful way to displace vehicle trips for commuting to work or school and for running errands. The Air District encourages the use of pedal and electric power to reduce smog forming and global warming emissions while promoting the health and well being of our community.


Simple 3-step Application Process:

  1. Be actively enrolled in a low-income or benefits program and prepared to provide proof.
  2. Purchase a new, qualifying e-bike from a local bike shop; not online. Used bicycles are not eligible.
  3. Apply for the e-bike incentive here.

You must submit the following documents with your application:

  • Valid/Unexpired Photo ID (e.g. drivers license).
  • Proof of active enrollment in a low-income program.
  • Utility or cable bill (from past 90 days).
  • Sales receipt or invoice (must show Applicant's name and e-Bike's serial number).
  • Photo of the serial number on the e-bike.
  • Photo of the applicant with the e-bike.

The full program guidelines and requirements may be reviewed in the application form here.


Low Income Verification

You must provide proof of active enrollment in a low-income program. Some qualifying programs are listed below. This is not a complete list. If you are a participant of a program or benefit not listed here, please check with District staff at (831) 647-9411 before applying.

  • US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development website
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) website
  • Medi-Cal website
  • CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps) website
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) website
  • CalWORKs (TANF) or Tribal TANF website
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) website
  • Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) website
  • Residency in Affordable Housing or Public Housing website
  • California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) website
  • Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) website
  • Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA) website
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance website
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Monterey & The United Way) website
  • Central California Alliance for Health website
  • Free or Reduced National School Lunch Program


Electric Bicycle Safety References

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

sixthreezero Bicycle Company

  • Riding an Electric Bike for the First Time | Safety Tips YouTube video


This is an incomplete list of local bike shops within the Air District's boundaries who sell e-bikes that may qualify for our E-Bike Incentive Program. This is intended only as a helpful aide. This list is NOT an endorsement of any specific bike shop(s). If you are a local bike shop owner, please let us know if you would like to be added or removed from the list (contact info below).

E-Bike ShopAddressCityPhone
Another Bike Shop2361 Mission StSanta Cruz(831) 427-2232
Bicycle Trip3555 Clares St, Suite TCapitola(831) 226-5050
Bicycle Trip1001 Soquel AveSanta Cruz(831) 427-2580
Bike Church703 Pacific AveSanta Cruz(831) 425-2453
Bobcat Bicycles141 Monterey StSalinas(831) 753-7433
Carmel Bicycle26543 Carmel Rancho BlvdCarmel(831) 625-2211
Cruiser Dave's Bikes316 Pacific AvenueSanta Cruz(831) 756-4609
CSUMB Otter Cycle CenterCSUMBMarina 
Current eBikes585 Pacific AveSanta Cruz(831) 621-2309
Cycle Imagery1025 Water StSanta Cruz(831) 477-4458
Cycle Works1420 Mission StSanta Cruz
Doug Chandler Performance517 Abbott StSalinas
Epicenter Cycling8035 Soquel DrAptos(831) 662-8100
Epicenter Cycling230 Lighthouse AveMonterey(831) 920-1804
Epicenter Cycling1730 Mission StSanta Cruz(831) 423-9000
Mad Dogs & EnglishmenSW Corner of Ocean Ave and Mission StCarmel(831) 250-7687
Marina Cycle & Skate214 Reservation Rd Marina(831) 384-2453
Monterey Peninsula Power Sports1020 Auto Center ParkwaySeaside(831) 899-7433
Moore and Sons eBikes2-1431 East Cliff DrSanta Cruz(831) 475-3619
Off the Chain Bikes101 McCray St #101Hollister(831) 636-0802
Pedego Electric Bicycles143 Crossroads BlvdCarmel(831) 293-7063
Peninsula Bike Works1271 10th St. Suite CMonterey(831) 643-2453
Rooster Wheels & Coffee3056 Del Monte BlvdMarina(831) 582-2453
Santa Cruz Bike Repair318 Pacific AveSanta Cruz(831) 471-2453
Santa Cruz Cycle Sport914 41st AveSanta Cruz(831) 475-3883
Scotts Valley Cycle Sport203 Mt. Hermon RdScotts Valley(831) 440-9070
Spokesman Bicycles231 Cathcart St.Santa Cruz(831) 429-6062
Spokesman Outpost402 Ingalls St #7Santa Cruz(831) 291-7603
Toro Grind22750 Portola DrSalinas(831) 484-9747
Valley Bikes64 W Alisal StSalinas(831) 422-3453
Watsonville Cyclery25 E. 5th StWatsonville(831) 724-1646
Winning Wheels318 Grand AvePacific Grove(831) 375-4322
Work Horse Bicycles486 Washington StMonterey(831) 375-2144

Other E-Bike Incentives and Resources:

  • GO Santa Cruz (City of Santa Cruz & Ecology Action) - Website
  • Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) - Webpage
  • Ecology Action - Website


Questions or Comments? Contact the E-Bike Incentive Program Team: