Test out an electric bike and make the switch


You can now borrow an electric bike for up to two weeks. We’ve launched a new ACT Government initiative to help people test out electric bikes to try commuting or doing the shopping without their cars.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said the new Electric Bike Library Trial will help the many people in our community who have considered switching to electric bikes, but are still unsure.

“Canberra has an extensive network of paths and cycleways for bike riders to use, which makes our region the perfect place to take up cycling and lower your fuel costs and emissions,” Minister Rattenbury said.

“We have partnered with SEE-Change to trial an electric bike library to allow the community to borrow an electric bike for up to two weeks to see whether they can incorporate it into their daily life.

“The library will have both regular and cargo electric bikes with additional accessories such as child seats and bags to put on the bike to help make the transition easier. This means you can use the bikes for commuting to work, doing your weekly shopping or even taking the kids to school.

“Transport in the ACT creates 60% of our climate emissions, so projects like this help us make real and significant steps to protecting our future.”

You can find more about the Electric Bike Library Trial on the Actsmart website.

Quote attributable to Brook Clinton, Project Officer at SEE-Change:

“We’re hoping the bike library will allow the community to explore the versatility of these bikes and use them for all sorts of trips, and have a lot of fun doing so.”