EAST PROVIDENCE, RI — Residents of Rhode Island who buy e-bikes will quickly be eligible for rebates beneath a program introduced Wednesday and named in honor of a former Baltimore Sun and Associated Press reporter.
The $250,000 Erika Niedowski Memorial Electric Bike Rebate Program will present rebates of as much as $1,000 or 75% of the ultimate buy worth, whichever is much less, to low- and center-revenue residents, and reductions of as much as $400 or 30% of the ultimate worth. buy worth of the bike, whichever is much less, for different residents, in keeping with Gov. Dan McKee’s workplace.
Niedowski, a former Sun international correspondent and Moscow bureau chief who was the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004 for an article about an 18-month-outdated youngster who died of medical errors, died aged 46 in October 2020 after a sudden sickness.
Niedowski, who additionally served as communications director for McKee whereas he was lieutenant governor, was an advocate for renewable vitality and environmental justice and cherished to don his favourite hoodie and take off on his bike.
“This is an incredible honor for Erika. This program will merge two loves in her life, cycling and environmental protection,” her longtime associate Patrick Laverty stated in a press release.
Refund functions can be accessible on-line at www.drive.ri.gov starting Monday. Bikes should be bought in Rhode Island.
“Erika was an inspiration to everyone who knew her,” McKee stated. “She was bright, talented, thoughtful and her commitment to promoting clean energy solutions will positively impact Rhode Island for generations to come.”