Chittenden County Traveling Lending Library

Borrow an E-bike/Cargo E-bike through our Chittenden County Traveling E-Bike Lending Library!

E-bikes are a transportation option that is becoming more familiar and necessary, and the goal of this program is to introduce Chittenden County residents to how they can be incorporated into everyday life and replace car trips. From commuting to work, to picking up groceries, and carrying kids to school, e-bikes provide an extra boost of power that makes miles feel shorter and cargo feel lighter.

Local Motion's Chittenden County Traveling E-bike Lending Library will be in several locations this spring and summer, thanks to our hosts, which consist of towns, libraries, and rec departments across Chittenden County. Head to the How it Works section below to reserve an e-bike for a test ride.

How it Works for Borrowers

  1. Head to the reservations page (click on the button below) to reserve your loan period.
  2. Choose the available dates (see each e-bike on the reservation page for details) and complete the form. You'll receive a confirmation email.
  3. Coordinate a pick-up time with the host at the location indicated on your confirmation email.
  4. Have fun and enjoy a car-free life! 
  5. Return the bike on the last day of your loan period. Hours of drop-off are coordinated with the host.

Please Read Below Before Reserving a Bike - Important Borrowing Details!

  • Overnight storage: You must be able to store bikes in a locked indoor location (that is NOT a shared or communal space) to be eligible to borrow a bike! We're sorry if you can't, but we can't afford to lose them! Also, note that some of the bikes are heavy so some bikes won't be able to go upstairs. See each bike for weights below.
  • Transport from pick-up: Ideally, you will ride the e-bike home. If that is not possible, you will need to transport the bike in a truck, van, or SUV with the car seats down. It really depends on which bike since some are quite large. We cannot send e-bikes out on car bike racks due to the risk of rack failure (it has happened).
  • Minimum Rider Height: Look at the minimum rider height for each bike and reserve a bike that fits your height. 
  • Cargo: When carrying heavy items, be sure to balance the weight on both sides of the bike to prevent wobbly and sketchy riding.
  • Child seats: The cargo e-bike has optional child seats to borrow.
  • Helmet: We will supply you with a helmet if you want, but feel free to use your own.
  • Do not attach hitches or trailers to the e-bikes


May - 1st 2 weeks of June: Hinesburg, Carpenter Carse Library

2nd 2 weeks in June - July: Williston

August: South Burlington, South Burlington Public Library

mid September - Mid October: Essex, Essex Junction Recreation and Parks Department

Reservations through the Essex Junction Recreation and Parks Department are open to residents of the city of Essex. If you are not a resident, please either reserve an e-bike through our Burlington e-bike lending library.

The E-Bikes

Essex Junction

Reservations through the Essex Junction Recreation and Parks Department are open to residents of the city of Essex. If you are not a resident, please either reserve an e-bike through our Burlington e-bike lending library.

Trek Verve+2

This beautiful e-bikes will let you ditch your car at every opportunity. Integrated lights and fenders help keep you seen and dry. The e-assist flattens the hills along your route and makes your legs feel bionic. It's hard not to smile while going to work, the store, or school! You can get up to 70 miles range with the motor! 

MSRP: $2,850
Recommended Rider Height Range: 5'5" - 5'9"
E-bike weight: 55 lbs

Battery Range: 30 - 80 miles
Transport: ride home, truck bed, van

RadCity 5 Plus

The RadCity 5 Plus is an excellent electric bike for a wide range of folks that’s built to make every day trips around town to pick up groceries, go to appointments, and even your commute a breeze. The powerful motor conquers hills with ease, and has a generous range of 28 - 50 miles. 

MSRP: $1999

Recommended rider height range: 5'4" - 6'5"

E-bike weight: 64 lbs

Maximum load weight: 275

Transport: ride home, truck bed, van, SUV

Battery Range: 28 - 50 miles


This hybrid utility bike is able to handle the everyday needs of a wide range of riders. Because of its rugged front suspension and wide tires, it conquers hills and smooths out rough terrain with ease.

It’s the perfect bike for two, as the rear-rack is able to easily fit a second rider.

It also has the option to come with a child seat that fits children up to 45 lbs!

MSRP: $1499

Rider Heights: 4’11” - 6’2”

(Approximate bike inseam between 26” and 36.25”)

Minimum rider inseam: 26” (4’11” minimum height)

Maximum rider inseam: 32.25” (36.25”

E-bike weight: 77 lbs

Maximum load weight: 300 lbs

Transport: ride home, truck bed, van, SUV

Battery Range: 25 - 45 miles


Click Here to Reserve a Bike!