Congressmen Are Pushing a Subsidy for Electric Bicycles

We’re not The Netherlands, are we?

In that small, flat country bicycles make a lot of sense. But in a nation the size of the United States, with both the Rockies and the Appalachians, we don’t use bicycles for everyday travel.

That’s not stopping two congressmen from pushing a subsidy for electric bicycles in an attempt to jump on the green craze.

Demand for electric bikes has never been higher, and that trend could be turbocharged if a bill introduced today is signed into law, Electrek reports.

The Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act would create a 30 percent tax credit of up to $1,500 for buying an electric bicycle priced below $8,000. The bill is being spearheaded by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA).

Bikes are an environmentally friendly way of getting around, and they’re less taxing on riders than a traditional pedal bike thanks to an electric motor that either offers a boost or does all the heavy lifting, depending on the style of e-bike. That means people who might otherwise be reluctant to consider cycling as a viable means of transport may reconsider… especially if they can get a 30 percent discount on an e-bike.

Of course, that subsidy comes from somewhere, or rather, someone, who would be the American taxpayer. Given that most daily cycling for commuting happens in urban areas, this would be another instance of rural and suburban areas subsidizing cities.

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  1. John
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    Where do these idiots live. It should be required that Politicians that promote these bills have to give up there vehicles and use electric bikes regardless of the weather. If they don’t they will step down and submit to a firing squad.

  2. John
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    I have a fix for the Climate Czar Kerry. Let him fly, but he has to fly on or in an Ultra lite. Much cheaper and less pollution. A man of his importance and enviromental ideals deserves the best in travel.

  3. VERN Mullet
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    Will it be so senior’s on Medicare will be able to get one.

  4. DONNA MARIE KELLEY
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    TO BAD THESE CONGRESSMEN DON’T PUT THEIR STUPID BRAINS TO WORK TO HELP PEOPLE GET BACK TO WORK, FEED THEIR KIDS, OPEN OUR SCHOOLS, OR FIX OUR NATION, MOST PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD TO PURCHASE A ELECTRIC BICYCLE. IF BIDEN WOULD STOP PUTTING PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. OH MAYBE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN AFFORD THE ELECTRIC BICYCLE IS THE ONES WORKING IN CONGRESS WHO STEAL ALL THE MONEY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MAYBE ALL THE CONGRESS CROOKS COULD TAKE THEIR MONEY AND BUY BIKES FOR EVERYONE AS A PAY IT FORWARD. OR MAYBE THEY COULD PUT THEIR BRAINS TOGETHER AND FIX OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM SO IT WORKS FOR EVERYONE NOT JUST THE DEMOCRATS. OH I FORGOT THEY ARE DEMOCRATS AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE ONES WITH ALL THE MONEY AFTER THEY STOLE IT ALL FROM THE WORKING PEOPLE. SO WE CAN’T EXPECT THEM TO DO ANYTHING FOR ANY ONE BUT THE DEMOCRATS.

  5. Larry!
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    Yep right after I see all of congress travel on bikes, every where. no planes, no cars, no trains.

  6. Larry!
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    Where are we going to charge all the electric vehicles when we can barely keep the electric grid up and running ?

  7. Laura Andrus
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    I’m sure it’s a good idea for city dwellers but I doubt the real countryside peeps will care

  8. Herb
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    I’d say that someone has a friend or relative in the electric bicycle industry…

  9. George Carter
    Reply

    Bureaucratic lunacy at it’s finest.

  10. Patrick Tinnes
    Reply

    This great, anything to get ride of Big Oil.

  11. Rex Whitmer
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    For about thirty years of my life I rode a bicycle for exercise. I would ride thirty or more miles every day! It was a pedal bike, and in thirty years I went through three new bikes! These were not the cheap bikes you see kids riding up the street on. They sold for four hundred dollars and more! A cheap electric motor would last a very short time! A better motor would run out of fuel! This is not a legitimate quest!

  12. Jim
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    I would like an electric bike just to fun around my local area

  13. Robert Messmer
    Reply

    No help for those who don’t have to pay/file federal income taxes.

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