University of Utah introduces new 'U Bike' electric program

University of Utah introduces new 'U Bike' electric program(File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV)- The University of Utah and Utah Clean Energy announced the launch of U Bike Electric, an electric bicycle purchase program intended to help improve air quality by cutting personal transportation emissions Monday.

The program offers U community members the opportunity to purchase a variety of makes and models of e-bikes at discounted prices through May 26.

Community members are invited to test ride various makes and models on Wednesday, April 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Marriott Library Plaza on the U’s campus.

With almost 50% of Utah’s urban air pollution coming from tailpipe emissions, U Bike Electric is a creative solution to improve air quality and community health.

“If you have not been on an e-bike, it is time to try one,” Amy Wildermuth, the university’s chief sustainability officer, said. “They are great fun and, even better, they will get you where you need to go quickly. We invite everyone to join in to get some exercise and have fun while we clean up Utah’s air.”

Five local bike shops were chosen through a competitive screening process and will be participating in the program including Bingham Cyclery, Contender Bicycles, Guthrie Bicycle Company, eSpokes Electric Bicycles, and Trek Bicycle Salt Lake City Downtown.

Participating community members can sign up for the program online. Once registered, participants will receive a discount code to take to participating dealers to purchase the e-bike of their choice.

“Utah Clean Energy is delighted to once again partner with the University of Utah to help accelerate air quality solutions,” Kate Bowman, Utah Clean Energy’s project coordinator, said. “This is an exciting new program to help get more people on electric bikes by harnessing the power of community bulk-purchase and education to make choosing an electric bike affordable and easy.”

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