At the July 17, 2021 BPAC meeting, Kerby Olsen, New Mobility Supervisor at OakDOT, introduced the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan and the upcoming Electric Bike Library. Topics explored in the ZEV Plan include the installation of electric vehicle chargers in the public right of way, increasing access to ebikes and e-scooters, and encouraging cargo bike delivery services. The Electric Bike Library is a grant-funded, $1,000,000 project to purchase 1,000 electric bicycles and make them available for medium- or long- term rental at low cost through existing bike shops and bike programs.
Excerpts from the presentation:
ZEV Action Plan Public Outreach
- Community Workshops 1 (Summer 2021) – Identifying Barriers and demystifying ZEVs, focus on West Oakland, Fruitvale, Deep East Oakland
- Community Workshops 2 (Fall 2021)– Creating the Roadmap
Electric Bike Lending Library
- $1,000,000 Grant from CALSTART
500 E-bikes (including cargo bikes, adaptive bikes, folding bikes, E-scooters)
Increase access to E-bikes for low-income Oaklanders, residents of West Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale, East Oakland
- Local bike shops
Provide maintenance, customer service, fit the bikes to the user, receive bikes at end of rental
- Logistics provider (GRID Alternatives Bay Area)
Purchase the bikes, locks, helmets, lights, etc.
Store, deliver and receive bikes from bike shops when needed
Manage grant, help with outreach, communications and evaluation