New E-BIKE Act Would Offer Tax Credit for Electric Bicycle Purchases
PeopleForBikes applauds the introduction of federal legislation to offer an electric bicycle tax credit, helping more people easily get out on two wheels. The Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act, led by Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), prioritizes electric bicycles as a zero-carbon mode of transportation by making them more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
“E-bikes are not just a fad for a select few, they are a legitimate and practical form of transportation that can help reduce our carbon emissions,” said Congressman Panetta. “My legislation will make it easier for more people from all socio-economic levels to own e-bikes and contribute to cutting our carbon output. By incentivizing the use of electric bicycles to replace car trips through a consumer tax credit, we can not only encourage more Americans to transition to greener modes of transportation, but also help fight the climate crisis.”
If signed into law, the E-BIKE Act would offer individual consumers a refundable 30% tax credit for purchasing an electric bicycle — up to a $1500 credit for new bicycles less than $8000. The credit would be allowed once per individual every three years, or twice for a joint-return couple buying two electric bicycles. The bill also mandates a report from the IRS after two years to understand the distribution of the credit by income tax bracket and adjust for equity in the future.
Electric bicycles keep people moving with efficiency and ease, no matter their age or physical abilities, while also displacing trips by car. Studies show that across the United States, we can expect an 11 percent decrease in carbon emissions with a 15 percent increase in electric bicycle mode share. An all-in approach to reducing carbon emissions must recognize the power electric bicycles have to take cars off the road while keeping people moving, active and connected to their communities.
“Incentivizing electric bicycles makes them a competitive transportation option for more Americans and supports a national effort to lower carbon emissions,” said PeopleForBikes CEO Jenn Dice. “The E-BIKE Act rightfully positions electric bicycles as a critical part of a larger solution to climate change and equitable mobility. We’e grateful to Congressman Panetta for leading the charge in Congress.”
PeopleForBikes’ mission to get more people on bikes more often is directly supported by the E-BIKE Act, complementing those efforts by making electric bicycles more easily accessible and affordable. PeopleForBikes has long championed the ability of electric bicycles to help people move more efficiently while simultaneously keeping them active and healthy, as well as helping reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and lower emissions by taking cars off the road.
A cyclist uses a designated bike lane on Market Street on their commute in San Francisco. Photo: David Tran
Electric bicycles help democratize our streets and make active transportation an option for more Americans. PeopleForBikes is dedicated to building a strong coalition of support alongside Reps. Panetta and Blumenauer to pass the E-BIKE Act in the 117th Congress.
If you have any questions about the E-Bike Act, please reach out to PeopleForBikes Federal Affairs Manager Noa Banayan at email@example.com.
PeopleForBikes is making biking better for everyone by uniting millions of Americans, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to make every bike ride safer, more accessible and more fun. When people ride bikes, great things happen. Join us at PeopleForBikes.org.
Perhaps most well known for their trail building around the Lost Sierra and hosting world class events like the @downievilleclassic, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) is creating "A Trail for Everyone" — a world-class multiple-use trail system that will cover 300 miles of breathtaking views and link 15 disadvantaged mountain communities across Plumas, Sierra, Butte and Lassen Counties.
Click the linkin.bio to see "A Trail for Everyone" video highlighting this great project.
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The Environment (E-Bike) Act is a proposed tax credit to help more people have access to E-bikes and help promote green transportation.
"By incentivizing the use of electric bicycles to replace car trips through a consumer tax credit, we can not only encourage more Americans to transition to greener modes of transportation, but also help fight the climate crisis.” — Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)
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Her daughter probably says it best when describing her mom, Dore Bietz — “She’s in, all-or-nothing.”
Bietz is a member of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and is in the top 5% of women National Ski Patrol in the Far West division — she is a National Ski Patrol Representative and works at Kirkwood and Dodge Ridge.
As a Land Consultant for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, Bietz advocates for the return of tribal lands to original inhabitants. She also works as the Emergency Manager/Planner for the tribe and secured PPE for tribal members early in the pandemic — there have been no cases of COVID-19 on the Tuolumne Rancheria.
See Linkin.bio to for more images and info about this powerhouse. Story and photos by @TracyBarbutes
“In a moment like that you realize what we are doing at Outdoor Outreach,” explains Lesford Duncan, Outdoor Outreach’s Senior Director of Programs.
“The outdoors is this incredible place where we can help build confidence and resilience, we can help youth find a sense of joy, or belonging or healing. So many youth we work with lack access to these spaces, and that’s an injustice in and of itself.”
Fresh corduroy on Crystal Ridge at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Photo by Ryland West
Don't miss this view this season. Make sure to plan ahead. On-line day-of sales possible when inventory is available at @diamondpeak, but pre-purchase in advance for best rates.
Read more info on resort policies this winter. Know before you go.
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Check out our tips for hitting the slopes this winter.
Photo of Isaac Laredo in his happy place — exploring new lines and finding powder at @diamondpeak Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe.
Photo by Ryland West, courtesy of Diamond Peak.
If you are in the San Diego area check out Ale Smith Brewing Company's Anvil of Hope beer. This Hazy IPA "pours it forward" with proceeds benefitting COVID-19 frontline workers.
Tasting notes: pretty much everything you’d expect in a 7.5% hazy IPA, meaning there’s citrus and other tropical fruits. It tastes great knowing that monies are going to people serving their fellow human beings.
ATTENTION TRAIL USERS: Please take a moment to read, remember and practice trail etiquette.
A few days after our article on trail etiquette went to press ASJ publisher Cathy Claesson was forced off the trail and into a ditch resulting in a severely broken foot — full recovery (if possible) will take at least a year. The other rider was going so fast and out of control, he didn't even stop to check if she was ok.
This was on a fire road and could have easily been avoided if the downhill rider was familiar with and followed the rules of the trail. In this case he wasn't following two important rules that are outlined in the beginning of our article.
1) IT'S JUST LIKE DRIVING, PASS ON THE LEFT AND IF ENCOUNTERING EACH OTHER IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS, STAY RIGHT.
2) THE PERSON GOING UPHILL HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY.
These come from the "rules of the road."
With so many people hitting the trails, it is important for everyone's safety that users are familiar with this topic. Please read, review, share and become familiar with trail etiquette. Keep yourself and others safe while out there.
Article by Krista Hammond Houghton