New “Good2GoBikes Powered by LACI” e-bike pilot program launched to serve low-income residents of Rancho San Pedro
One-of-a-kind initiative, funded by the California Air Resources Board and developed in partnership with HACLA, provides a new accessible and affordable transportation solution
SAN PEDRO, CA., November 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), in partnership with Pedal Movement, has officially launched a new zero-emissions micro-mobility pilot project, the first of its kind, making e-bikes and e-cargo bikes available for affordable rental to residents of Rancho San Peter. LACI and HACLA also announced their commitment to extend the successful electric car sharing pilot program in Rancho San Pedro for another year.
“E-bikes are going to play a leading role in transforming the way we transport people and goods without emissions across the greater Los Angeles region, especially in dense urban areas,” said Matt Peterson, Chairman and CEO of LACI. “We are pleased to bring this exciting new transportation technology to residents suffering from exposure to Los Angeles the worst air pollution in the region and have no access to transport. It’s time to bring clean transportation technology to the communities that bear the burden of fossil fuel emissions.”
“Residents of the Rancho San Pedro community rely heavily on public transportation, but most of their essential destinations are within 2-3 miles of their homes. Electric bikes and electric cargo bikes will fill a need for neglected transportation that is critically important to underserved residents,” said HACLA’s Director of Strategic Development Jenny Scanlin. “We are proud to host the first pilot fleet of e-bikes for residents of affordable housing, and we are delighted to collaborate again with LACI on this exciting innovation in urban transport. »
“Good2Go Bikes” is financed by the CaliforniaAir Resources Board’s Clean Mobility Options (CMO) Voucher Program. It is a statewide public program that enables disadvantaged communities to better understand and overcome barriers to mobility, through vouchers that fund community needs assessments and rehabilitation projects. clean, shared and zero-emission transport.
“Providing zero-emission transportation solutions for historically underserved communities like Rancho San Pedro is a top priority for California,” said Sydney-Vergis, head of the Mobile Source Control Division of the California Air Resources Board. “It’s great to see projects like this that are designed to truly meet the transportation needs of a community. That’s the idea behind CARB’s nationwide Clean Mobility Options program. the state – to meet the transportation needs identified by the people who live there. Kudos to a great partnership that includes local residents, local and national government, clean tech incubator, and a mobility startup that made all this possible.”
“We believe that when more people use bikes to get around, streets are safer and communities thrive,” said the co-founder and CEO of Pedal Movement. John Tuly. “Good2Go Bikes is a celebration of working together to empower communities with transportation solutions that provide residents with greater accessibility to cost-effective transportation and healthier, more prosperous cities.”
“Good2Go Bikes” is a four-year LACI pilot project that will equip the city’s 21-acre housing project with a fleet of sixteen e-bikes and four e-cargo bikes, as well as an off-grid portable charging hub, provided by the partner Pedal Movement, which will also maintain the fleet and offer technical support to resident riders. Participants become members of the program by registering online to confirm they are RSP residents and obtain access codes to use with the custom application developed to support the program. Riders can choose between a “pay as you go” plan for $2 during the first hour and 50 cents for each subsequent hour; or a monthly plan of up to 20 hours per month for $20more 50 cents for each additional hour. Once residents create an account, they can use the app to check availability and reserve an e-bike in advance, or use the on-site app to simply swipe, unlock and ride an e-bike.
“Good 2 Go Bikes” is LACI’s fifth community pilot and was rolled out at the end of LACI and HACLA’s first community mobility pilot in Rancho San Pedro – a year-long EV car sharing program that has inspired by the EVs for All Act, SB 6662, authorized by Rep. Nannette Barragan. This bill would allow up to $50 million in annual appropriations from 2022 to 2031 for a new grant program with the Department of Energy in coordination with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). The bill would help public housing authorities and local governments invest in electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging stations, community education and outreach, and other services and incentives to provide access to EVs in underserved communities.
The community commemorated the launch of the “Good2Go Bikes” program with riding demonstrations and a community celebration.
The community of Rancho San Pedro is adjacent to the port of long beach and is overwhelmed by one of the dirtiest tunes in Southern California. A recent Los Angeles Times story reported that in the last year alone, diesel particulates increased 42%, nitrogen oxides increased 35% and sulfur oxides increased 38% at Port
E-bikes offer many unique benefits to users while advancing the goal of making transportation cleaner, safer and more accessible. Electric bikes, powered by rechargeable batteries, allow faster travel than conventional bikes, but with less stress and physical impact on riders, especially on hills and slopes. As the name suggests, E-Cargo bikes are designed for riders to carry groceries, packages, and supplies. The New York Times dubbed e-bikes “one of the fastest growing forms of urban transportation”.
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) creates an inclusive green economy for the people of Los Angeles unleashing innovation by working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, transforming markets through partnerships with policymakers, innovators and market leaders in transport, energy and sustainable cities, and improving communities through workforce development, pilot projects and other programs. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative business incubators by UBI Global. Over the past ten years, LACI has helped 375 portfolio companies raise $697 million in financing, generated $323 million in turnover and created 2,565 jobs throughout the Los Angeles region, with a projected 5-year economic impact of more than $573 million. Learn more about www.laci.org.
CMO is a statewide initiative that provides funding for zero-emission shared mobility options to underprivileged communities in California. CMO is available everywhere California to eligible disadvantaged communities, as well as eligible low-income tribal communities and affordable housing, to increase access to safe, reliable, convenient and affordable transportation options. For eligibility criteria, application information, and to contact the technical support team, please visit: www.cleanmobilityoptions.org. CMO is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve public health and the environment, especially in disadvantaged communities.
The housing office of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) was established in 1938 by Resolution No. 1241 of the City of Los Angeles. HACLA is one of the largest and leading public housing authorities in the country, providing the widest supply of quality affordable housing to residents of the City of Los Angeles. HACLA provides affordable housing to over 83,000 households in its Public Housing and Section 8 departments, and offers a range of permanent supportive housing programs for homeless households, including: project-based programs , Supportive Housing for Veterans, Homeless, Tenant Based Supportive Housing, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), Continuum of Care and Occupation Program in single moderate rehabilitation room. For more information, visit http://www.hacla.org.
Pedal Movement believes that when more people use active transportation, communities thrive. Our mission is to make micromobility and emission-free transportation options accessible to everyone. Pedal Movement exists to create, enrich and employ local communities through the transformative power of bicycle transportation. In addition to building an operational infrastructure for universal access to bikes, promoting cycling events and organizing group rides and safety clinics, we also support the professionals who make things happen. Pedal Movement provides bicycle mechanics with industry-leading professional training, excellent benefits, and a decent salary. Our job is to change the way cities move, one revolution at a time. For more information visit www.pedalmovement.com
SOURCE Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator