Borrow an e-bike or cargo e-bike!

Many people are curious about e-bikes and cargo bikes, but given their price tag ($1,000-$3,000+) it makes sense to try it out for a while before making the big financial decision to buy one.  E-bikes and cargo bikes can significantly increase your ability to incorporate bicycling into your daily life. People with cargo bikes can carry large loads--children, groceries, lumber, and even Christmas trees!

Scroll down to see the lending library e-bikes!

learn about vsecu vgreen loans for bikes!

E-bike Promotions & Resources

Free e-bike consultations from VBike!

Burlington Electric customers:
$200 rebate on an e-bike
or conversion kit!

Video: "e-bikes 101"

Other free e-bike loan programs in Vermont:

How to Reserve a Bike (easy as 1-2-3...4!)

  1. If you're a Vermont resident, head over to the booking page (click on button below) to reserve your loan period! All loans start on a Thursday and end on the following Tuesday at the Local Motion office. We'll figure out pick-up and drop-off times with you.

  2. Choose a date range

  3. Choose a bike from the list (see below for the bike options--pay extra attention to the height recommendations for each e-bike). If a loan period is not showing for the bike you chose, that bike is already reserved for that time.

  4. Fill in the rest! You'll receive a confirmation email.

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

  • Overnight storage: You must be able to store bikes in a locked indoors location 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 up stairs. See each bike for weights below.
  • Transport from/to Local Motion: Ideally, you will ride the e-bike home. If that is not possible, you will need to transport the bike in a truck, van, SUV, or car trunk with the seats down. It really depends on which bike since some are quite large. We cannot send bikes out on car bike racks due to the risk of rack failure.
  • Kids seats: For Marigold, you have the option to use 1 or 2 kids seats that hold up to about 45 lbs each. We'll put these on at pick-up.
  • Cargo: When carrying heavy items, be sure to balance the weight on both sides of the bike to prevent wobbly and sketchy riding.
  • Helmet and lock: we'll supply you with both if you want! (also free!)

reserve a bike!

Many thanks to our e-bike lending library partners!

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Meet our Bikes 

Marigold
In 2014, our supporters helped us win a free Xtracycle in a contest. Her name is Marigold, and she is gorgeous.   Marigold is equipped to carry up to two children, but can easily also carry groceries and anything else that you need to get from point A to point B.  The kid seats are rated for up to 45 lbs each. Children larger than that can ride with the seats off.  She is fully kitted out with bell, fenders, lights and panniers.  A joy to ride, she's gorgeous and fun!  BONUS: She has been electrified, and is equipped with a glorious Bionix e-assist! The motor is in the rear hub that you can control with a handlebar-mounted screen and buttons. Available to purchase at Old Spokes Home (MSRP: $4,000+).
Minimum rider height: 5'0"
Weight: 70+ pounds
Transport: ride home
MSRP: about $4,000+

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Urban Arrow Family
Need a pick-up truck or minivan? Not anymore. Here's an electric cargo bike that will carry up to four kids (3 comfortably), groceries, and all kinds of things. It takes a little getting used to when you first start riding it, but with practice, it's, well, just like riding a bike. We'll send you off with a rain canopy that keeps your precious cargo dry and out of the wind, plus you'll stay pretty dry, too. The range is about 20 miles depending on the terrain on which you're riding. The e-assist makes those hills a breeze. To borrow this bike, you should be very comfortable riding bikes in general as this large e-bike requires more attention and care.You should be at least 5'4" to borrow the Urban Arrow. Purchase this bike at Old Spokes Home (MSRP: $5,000).
Minimum rider height: 5'4"
E-bike weight: 94 lbs
Transport: ride home

 

Kermit
A "cargo light" bike.  This Yuba Boda-Boda has a slightly elongated wheelbase, with a padded platform on the back for someone to sit on (they have to hang on, though!)  It's one of the lightest cargo bikes out there but has a lot of versatility.  Kermit looks and feels more like a "traditional" bike, but can carry a lot of extra gear.  Want to learn more about the experience of using Kermit? Check out Annie Follett's blog post about her time with using Kermit as a loaner bike: Yuba Boda-Boda, an Easy to Love Cargo Bike. Kermit also has been electrified with a Hill Topper e-bike kit! With the push of a handy throttle button, you can engage the 250w front hub motor to help you glide up the hills. (MSRP: $1,500+)
Minimum rider height: 5'4"
E-bike weight: 40 pounds
Transport: ride home, truck bed, van

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RadPower RadMini
The RadMini is an electric-folding-cargo-fat-bike that is ready to replace your car trips whether in the city or in the dirt roads. You can expect a range of 20-45+ miles from its battery depending on terrain and the level of pedal-assist and throttle you use. RadPower Bikes donated this sweet commuting rig to Local Motion. Learn more about the RadMini. Available to purchase online at www.radpowerbikes.com (MSRP: $1,699). 
Minimum rider height: 5'

E-bike weight: 60+ lbs
Transport: ride home, truck bed, van, SUV, car trunk (it folds!)

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Specialized Turbo Como
This e-bike feels like rocket ship. Its over-sized road tires absorb bumps and cracks in the road. The e-assist propellers you over hills and across flats. The Como is great for commuting any distance, from 2 miles to 20 miles. With a range of up to about 60 miles, the Como will take you far! This bike fits folks who are 5'6" and taller. Available to purchase at Skirack (MSRP: $2,700). 
Minimum rider height: 5'6"
E-bike weight: 48 lbs
Transport: ride home, truck bed, van

 

Trek Verve+
CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE -- UNDERGOING REPAIRS

This beautiful machine 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! This bike is for folks who are about 5' to 5'8". Available to purchase at North Star Sports (MSRP: $2,300).
Minimum rider height: 5'5"
E-bike weight: 46 lbs
Transport: ride home, truck bed, van

reserve a bike!

 

This program is dedicated to the memory of Karen Freudenberger – passionate community activist, avid e-bike rider and indefatigable promoter of social justice and peace.

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