Try an E-Bike for Free
The Upper Valley E-Bike Lending Library offers a great opportunity to “try before you buy” and allow you to get a feel for how an e-bike might fit into your lifestyle.
The Library is a selection of four e-bikes of assorted styles and retail costs. Since the Library began in 2020, more than 65% of the borrowers who responded to surveys said they have already bought an e-bike or are planning on buying one.
In 2022, the Library traveled to 14 Upper Valley towns and two workplaces (Hypertherm and Dartmouth Health). In 2023, that number is 19, including nine new locations!
While the e-bike library is stationed at a particular lending location, people can sign up to borrow one of the e-bikes for 1-3 days. Many of the towns also hold “Demo Days” at which people can see all four e-bikes and take them for quick spins.
In addition to trying e-bikes through the Library, Vermont residents can get a free e-bike consultation through VBike! VBike has been contracted by Go! Vermont to consult one on one with Vermont households, families, businesses, and even bike shops. They can help you to choose the e-bike, e-cargo bike and/or e-assist system that best fits your needs based on type of terrain and distance you intend to ride, what you want to do with your bike, cargo-hauling needs, and many other considerations.
All these services are free, thanks to our sponsor, Kilton Public Library, and the many volunteers in each town and workplace!