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Town of Banff offers residents rebates on e-bike purchases

Town of Banff offers residents rebates on e-bike purchases

The Banff area has many trails to explore by bike, including the Legacy Trail that links the town to Canmore. (Patrick Dwyer) Banff residents looking…

Thursday, Mar 03

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The Banff area has many trails to explore by bike, including the Legacy Trail that links the town to Canmore. (Patrick Dwyer) Banff residents looking to add an electric boost as they cycle their favourite bike path or run errands can take advantage of a new rebate.

The Town of Banff says it is now offering residents a rebate of up to $750 on the purchase of an electric pedal assist bike under $5,000.

Michael Hay, the town’s manager of environment and sustainability, said the goal of the program is to get people to ride their bicycles for longer distances — and use them for things they might not otherwise.

"We want to be a leader across the country. In fact, what we say is we’d like to be a model environmental community," Hay said.

"A big part of that is trying to get people to use transportation methods that are good for the environment."

Any Banff resident is eligible for the rebate. Hay said the program will be extended to businesses in a couple of weeks. In a post on social media, the town said the rebate will be paid for out of revenue from visitor paid parking.

Higher rebates are available to members of the town’s Banff Access Program .Those in Tier 1 of the program can access a rebate of up to $1,000, while those in Tier 2 have access to a rebate of up to $900. Buzz in town There’s been a lot of buzz in town about the new rebate, […]

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