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City Accepting Applications for $2,000 Bike Vouchers


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By Lookout Staff

July 9, 2024 -- Santa Monica residents who meet income qualifications can now apply for $2,000 vouchers that can be used to purchase bicycles and related safety equipment, City officials announced Monday.

Recipients of the 90 vouchers funded with a Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will be determined through three lottery draws on July 17, August 14 and September 10.

Lottery winners will be notified by email with instructions on how to redeem their voucher, which can be used at select retail program partners.

Winners can use the vouchers to purchase an e-bike, bicycle and such safety equipment as a helmet, lock and lights, City officials said.

Recipients will also receive a compilation of bike safety resources, including the League of American Bicyclists’ online Smart Cycling course.

“I’m thrilled to see the launch of this program that prioritizes equitable transportation solutions,” said Shannon Parry, the City's chief sustainability officer.

“Increasing access and encouraging active transportation options like bike riding enhances our progress toward achieving our climate goals,” Parry said.

Vouchers can be redeemed at The Bike Center, 1555 2nd Street; Bike Attack Electric, 2904 Main Street, and Helen’s Cycles, 2501 Broadway.

Recipients should note that vouchers must be presented at the time of purchase and, unlike a rebate program, the funds cannot be reimbursed.

Residents only need to apply once, since applications will roll over to the next lottery. Applications will remain open until the date of the final lottery.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, a Santa Monica resident and meet income-defined criteria.

The program, funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, makes "access to sustainable transportation more equitable," City officials said.

For more information, including application forms and eligibility details, click here. Paper applications can be provided by calling (310) 458-2201 ext. 2504 or contacting

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