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Canada Edmonton city council votes to do away with e-bike rebate program

09:16  30 june  2020
09:16  30 june  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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the tower of the city: City hall in downtown Edmonton, Alberta. April 16, 2015. © Vinesh Pratap, Global News City hall in downtown Edmonton, Alberta. April 16, 2015.

Edmonton city councillors voted to cancel the two years left on its e-bike rebate program on Monday.

In a 10-3 vote, city council scrapped the program that offered residents a rebate of up to $750 on the purchase of an electric bicycle.

The initiative, for which the city had set aside $50,000 a year for three years, was a green program meant to be part of the city's strategy to address climate change.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened an already difficult financial situation for the city and some councillors had suggested there could be better uses for the money going forward.

Edmonton councillors vote to cancel electric bike rebate program for next two years, use $100K to bring down tax levy

  Edmonton councillors vote to cancel electric bike rebate program for next two years, use $100K to bring down tax levy Edmonton city council voted Monday to cancel a contentious electric bike rebate program and reallocate $100,000 to reduce future tax levies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the program being cancelled part-way through, 299 residents who bought an e-bike and had their application accepted by the city won’t receive the financial incentive of up to $750. The three-year initiative that launched earlier this month offered a total of $50,000 a year to residents purchasing an e-bike in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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No helmet requirements. Bike lanes filled with e -scooters. Such bikes have been the subject of crackdowns by the NYPD because they tend to go faster than The state or the applicable city could legalize e - bikes and scooters on those two greenways in the future, the bill seems to say.

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"I do not buy for a second that this is an acquiescence to doing nothing [on climate change]," Coun. Michael Walters said on Monday.

"This is a time when we're pretty close to broke."

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Earlier this month, Mayor Don Iveson defended the rebate program and argued the current public health crisis and the financial fallout from it have "not changed the underlying climate imperative."

Iveson, along with councillors Ben Henderson and Aaron Paquette, voted to keep the popular program going.

Next week, city council will consider a motion to cut another subsidy related to electric vehicles.

--With files from 630 CHED's Scott Johnston

Watch below: (From June 11, 2020) Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson addresses the criticism the city has received for offering rebates to Edmontonians buying e-bikes at a time when the city has cut services due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 closures, saying the pandemic "hasn't changed the underlying climate imperative."

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