California lawmakers on Monday proposed a $25-million boost for bicycle-sharing companies, as lawmakers consider a $250 million transportation funding bill.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-San Jose, calls for the state to fund the construction of up to 10,000 electric motor-assisted bicycles, which can travel for up to 30 miles on electricity.
The lawmakers want to provide incentives to companies that create electric-assisted vehicles and to encourage the state’s existing fleet of gas-powered cars to be electric.
The proposed funding, if passed, would allow California to begin installing more than 10,500 electric motor vehicles on public roads by 2020.
Rendon’s bill would also require electric vehicle owners to obtain a $100-a-month registration fee and to install a safety monitor to monitor and report on the vehicles’ health and safety.
The proposal also calls for an annual vehicle inspection, which would include a physical and electronic check of the vehicles to ensure they meet California’s emission standards.
The California Automobile Association has endorsed the bill, saying the additional funds would help California’s transportation systems meet its goal of increasing the share of vehicles on California roads by 50 percent by 2020 and increase the number of electric vehicles on the road by about 100,000 per year.
California currently has more than 990,000 vehicles on state roads.