Traveling E-bike Library

Want to try out an e-bike but don't live near Burlington or Brattleboro? No worries! We're bringing e-bikes to towns around Vermont with our Traveling E-bike Library! Check out the e-bike options below in this free program.


Thank you - thank you - thank you to our program partners: 

Evelo & Zoom Bikes for donating the Galaxy ST
Rad Power Bikes for donating the RadWagon and Yepp seats
VSECU for providing financial support
Our e-bike hosts and organizers in various towns: Frog Hollow Bikes, Ilsey Public Library, Middlebury Parks & Rec Dept., Vital Communities, Norwich Public Library, and more coming soon!


Where are the e-bikes?

  • June, 2019: Middlebury, Frog Hollow Bikes
  • July, 2019: Evelo Galaxy ST (plus a Yuba Cargo e-bike and a Specialized Como e-bike provided by ORO w/ deposit) at Onion River Outdoors, Rad Power Bikes RadWagon at VSECU for employees
  • August 8 - Early September, 2019: Norwich, Norwich Public Library
  • Early September, 2019 - Mid October, 2019: Hartford, Hartford Public Library

How it Works

  1. If you're a Vermont resident, head over to the reservations page (click on the button below) to reserve your loan period.
  2. Choose the available dates (see each e-bike on reservation page for details) and complete the form. You'll receive a confirmation email.
  3. Pick up the e-bike at the location indicated below and on the reservation page during the hours listed on your confirmation email.
  4. Have fun and enjoy the car-free life! 
  5. Return the bike on the last day of your loan period. Hours of drop-off are in the 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 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, SUV, or car trunk with the 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).
    • Kids seats: For the RadWagon, you have the option to use 1 or 2 kids seats that hold up to about 48 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, but feel free to use your own. (also free!)

reserve an e-bike!

 

The e-bikes:

Evelo Galaxy ST
The Evelo Galaxy ST is perfect for getting around town, doing errands, and having fun. The step-through design make the bike easy to get on for folks of all ages and a wide range of heights. It has 5 different pedal-assist modes plus a throttle. The screen is easy to read and the NuVinci® fully automatic transmission makes shifting super easy. One of the really cool things about the Galaxy ST is the belt drive that replaces a chain--the belt pretty much never breaks, is grease-free, and does not rattle on bumpy road surfaces. We have a few bumps in Vermont last time I checked.
Available to purchase at Zoom Bikes (MSRP: $3,499 minus applicable rebates).

Watch the overview video here.

Minimum rider height: about 5'0"
E-bike weight: 54 pounds
Transport: ride home, back of truck, van, or SUV


Rad Power Bikes RadWagon
The RadWagon is a cargo e-bike that can carry you and your kids, groceries, and other valuable cargo around town and some mild backroads. You have the option to borrow one or two Yepp kid seats that are rated for kids up to 48lbs each. The 5 pedal-assist levels and throttle help take the buckets of sweat away from your bike commute and the cargo carrying ability makes this a true car replacement! 
Available to purchase online only at the Rad Power Bikes website. (MSRP: $1,599).

Watch the overview video here (operations info starts at 7:30).

Minimum rider height: about 5'2"
E-bike weight: 73 pounds
Transport: ride home

reserve an e-bike!

 

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