Traveling E-bike Library

Borrow an E-bike or a Cargo E-bike through our 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 Vermonters 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 Traveling E-bike Lending Library will be in several locations this spring and summer, thanks to our hosts, which consist of towns, libraries, and energy committees across Vermont. Head to the How it Works section below to reserve an e-bike for a test ride.

Schedule:

Randolph:  4/24/21 - 5/21/21

Montpelier: 5/24/21 - 6/19/21 (Demo days 5/29, 6/5, and 6/12)

Stowe: 6/21/21 - 7/30/21

Glover: dates coming soon

Craftsbury: dates coming soon

South Hero: dates coming soon

 

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 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).
      • 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. 

      reserve a bike!

 

Interested in hosting the library?

There are no more openings to host the Traveling E-bike Lending Library in 2021.  If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist to be a host site first check out this Getting Started Guide.

Then complete the form below to add your organization to the waitlist. 

Add me to the waitlist!

The e-bike:

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