City partnered with Metro Mobility to secure State grant
MEDFORD – In partnership with Metro Mobility and the Medford Housing Authority, the City of Medford is piloting an E-Bike ownership and lending program in Medford this year. The program is made possible through a $1 million regional grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Medford’s e-bike program will create an affordable and accessible zero-emission transportation option by prioritizing low-income residents, essential workers, and renters in Environmental Justice areas.
Through the pilot program, 15 e-bikes will be provided to Medford community members as follows:
Station-based e-bikes owned by individuals who have access to the station for charging and storing the bikes (5 bikes)
Station-based e-bikes available as low-cost rentals (5 bikes)
E-bikes owned by individuals and charged/stored at home (5 bikes)
The e-bike stations will be located at MHA locations LaPrise Village and Willis Avenue Apartments.
“Lack of equitable transportation options affects critical needs like healthcare, food access and the ability to find work,” said Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn. “By installing these e-bike stations throughout our MHA facilities we are expanding affordable transportation access to those in our community who need it most.”
“Medford Housing Authority residents will benefit from environmentally friendly transportation by use of e-bikes at its family developments,” said Gabe Ciccariello, MHA Director of Modernization. “this pilot program is a great opportunity to address climate change and provide transportation options for City of Medford residents.”
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to growing the state’s clean energy economy while helping to meet the Commonwealth’s clean energy, climate, and economic development goals. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects, and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations, creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers. MassCEC constructed and operates the Wind Technology Testing Center and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides chairs MassCEC’s Board of Directors.
About Metro Mobility:
Metro Mobility is a Cambridge, Massachusetts based company dedicated to providing the commuting solutions of the future through smart, connected, and data driven enterprises. Metro Mobility’s patent pending ChargeLock™ charging stations and e-bike technology offer industry leading user-experience and operations for station-based micro-mobility. Visit http://www.metromobility.io or call (800) 736-5348 for more information.
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