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Why e-bikes?

E-bikes are much like standard bicycles, but use an electric pedal assist system to power the bike as you pedal. E-bikes can be a great alternative to driving for short trips, and you don’t have to worry about paying for gas or parking. And they’re family-friendly: cargo e-bikes can carry a week’s worth of groceries or a few kids.

The Charlottesville E-bike Lending Library loans out e-bikes for up to a week so that you can get real-life experience on an e-bike and decide whether e-bikes are right for you. You can test out your commute to work or school, compare different routes, and even take a friend or kid along for a ride—although kids love e-bikes and might not be willing to give them up!

How much does it cost?

Nothing! This is a lending library and not a rental service, so there’s no charge for borrowing our e-bikes. But if you’d like to make a small donation to help with maintenance or add mores e-bikes to the library, we’d appreciate it!

We also have referral codes for some popular e-bike makers. If you buy one of those e-bikes and use our code, you’ll save money on the e-bike, and we’ll get a coupon or gift card, which we’ll either give to you or pass on to another local e-bike buyer—your choice.

But I’m not in shape!

No problem! Our e-bikes are designed for commuters and parents, so you don’t have to be a dedicated cyclist to ride them. The e-bikes we loan out have step-through frames, so you don’t have to swing your leg over the seat; wide tires for stability; and, of course, electric pedal-assist, so you can keep up with car traffic without breaking a sweat.

We’re also happy to help you find a safe route or secure bike parking.

How do I sign up?

Contact us at hi@ebikelibrarycville.org to schedule a time to borrow an e-bike, or to ask questions. You can also see current reservations on our e-bikes below. You can borrow an e-bike for up to a week at a time. Then when you’re done, tell your friends to get in touch and borrow an e-bike!

Eligibility

  • We really don’t want our e-bikes to get stolen, so you should be able to store one indoors at home, and have a secure place to lock it up (ideally also indoors) if you’re commuting to work or to school. We’ll provide a lock and show you how to use it. We also use a tracker to help prevent the e-bikes from being stolen, but we’ll only use it if an e-bike goes missing.
  • You should be comfortable with the height and weight recommendations for our e-bikes. We’re hoping to find e-bikes that fit a wider range of rider in the future. E-bikes are generally heavier than standard bicycles, so you might not want to carry them up or down stairs.
  • You should be comfortable riding a standard bicycle and familiar with local bicycling rules. If you’re planning to commute on the e-bike, you should map out a route that you’ll feel safe on. Unfortunately, some roads in the area aren’t very bike-friendly.

Our E-bikes

  • The utility bike: a RadRunner Plus. Fits riders 4'11" to 6'2"; carries up to 300 lb; weighs about 78 lb. Check availability:

  • Out of commission for maintenance; back later in September. The cargo bike: a RadWagon 4. Fits riders 5'1" to 6'4"; carries up to 350 lb.; weighs about 77 lb. We have child seats for kids age 1-3, and a bench seat for bigger kids. Check availability:

Testimonials

Events

Upcoming

Fall 2022 e-bike demo day, organized by Livable Cville: Join us October 16th from 2:00-4:00 at Meade Park to test-ride a variety of e-bikes. Sign up to test-ride or bring an ebike to show off, or both!

E-bike demo day flyer

Past

Spring 2022 e-bike demo day: