Friday Transportation Seminar: Using E-Bike Incentive Programs to Expand the Market – Trends and Best Practices

Friday, May 6, 2022, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
John MacArthur and Cameron Bennett, PSU
Free (watch online or in-person)
ONLINE and IN-PERSON: PSU's Vanport Building (Room 269) 1810 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97201
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online or in-person (proof of vaccination required, see below) at 11:30 AM. All presentations are recorded and shared on the event page afterwards.



John MacArthur and Cameron Bennett of Portland State University will be presenting the findings and recommendations from their recent white paper "Using E-Bike Incentive Programs to Expand the Market – Trends and Best Practices." This will include a review of the 50+ current, past, and proposed e-bike purchase incentive programs in North America, including summary statistics and details from exemplary programs. Best practice gained from review of the programs and discussion with program managers, industry professionals, and other stakeholders will be shared. A discussion of the benefits of promoting e-bike uptake in regard to mode shift, VMT, emissions, and human health will be provided to support the value added by an incentive program. Finally, John and Cameron will preview upcoming results from their stated preference survey intended to provide quantitative guidance for e-bike purchase incentive program design.

This event is part of Portland State University's annual Research Week, hosted May 2 - 6, learn more.


  • Benefits of e-bikes for achieving mode shift, VMT, emissions, and health goals
  • An overview of current e-bike purchase incentive programs in North America
  • Best practice guidance for the design of an e-bike purchase incentive program


This presentation is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) with support from PeopleForBikes, and conducted at Portland State University. Read more about the project: How Can E-bike Purchase Incentives Grow the E-bike Market?, and learn more about the online e-bike incentive program tracker.


John MacArthur, TREC at Portland State University

Mr. John MacArthur is the Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at TREC at Portland State University and an instructor in civil and environmental engineering, teaching on new & emerging technologies in transportation. He is active in research related to sustainable and equitable transportation, particularly in the areas of emerging tech such as e-bikes, bike share, transit, and the relationship between transportation and public health. Mr. MacArthur is the Section Chair for Transportation Research Board’s AME00 Transportation and Society and a member of Innovative Public Transportation Services and Technologies (AP020). He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and a MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Cameron Bennett, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Portland State University

Cameron is a first-year master’s student in transportation engineering at PSU. His work as a graduate research assistant focuses on promoting and facilitating the uptake of active transportation modes. He serves as president of the PSU ITE-STEP (Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning) student group. He received a Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation at the Transportation Research Board 2022 annual meeting. His passion lies in the promotion of cycling in all its forms through engineering design, planning, policy, advocacy, and community-driven engagement. In his free time, you can usually find him moving through the mountains on a bike, vertical rock, a pair of skis, or his own two feet. 


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


Attendance at this in-person event on the PSU campus requires valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination is either a hard copy or a picture of a vaccination card showing a vaccine series was completed at least two weeks prior to the event date. Documentation of a recent (within the last 48 hours) COVID-19 test with a negative result is either a printout or picture of results that include your name and test date. Proof of boosters not required at this time, and your medical data will not be recorded during the spot-check at the door.

Effective March 19, 2022, Portland State University no longer requires that masks be worn in classrooms, offices, and most other public and private indoor spaces.
As PSU shifts into the next phase of the response to COVID-19, we understand that some in our community may feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask. That is a personal decision that we wholeheartedly support. We ask that our community respect the choice of people who keep their masks on, but to refrain from asking others to wear a mask. Disposable masks will continue to be available at PSU building entrances.

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The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.