Selection Criteria for Worcester E-Bike Program

Only completed applications meeting the following criteria will be considered:

  • They are 18+ years old living and/or working in the City of Worcester. 
  • Have health insurance (this is to avoid liability concerns; all MA residents must have health insurance).
  • To give priority preference to low-income qualified individuals, applications with $80K+ income will not be considered. Applications with annual income $50K-80K (with participation in government assistance programs) have been considered, along with $20K-$50K and $20K or less. 
  • For safety reasons, applicants who have never bicycled will not be considered. 
  • For security reasons, applicants who do not know where they would store their bike will not be considered. 

Eligible applicants will be divided according to bike option (cargo and single rider) in age ranges: 18-25, 26-39, 40-54, 55+. Each age group will be divided into Caucasian and Other ethic/race group Gender will be balanced across the board (Female, 48%, Male 48% and Self-Described, 4%)

Applications will be scored regarding storage, bike experience in Worcester and transportation options

100 applications with higher scores will then be chosen by Excel simple random number feature, in which a predetermined number of applicants from each age and diversity group will be selected according to the number of bikes assigned for that group. Approximately 50% of each number will be comprised of diversity candidates. A predetermined number of alternates will be ready for each age group if any of the participants op out or are determined not to be a fit for the program.  

Applicants will then be interviewed by phone by MassBike staff members to ensure they fully understand the commitment they are making to the 18-month study. If any applicants opt out, are determined not to be a strong fit, or do not comply with documentation requirements (please see * below), we will then interview those on the alternate list. 

The phone interview will allow us to identify disabled and veteran applicants and consequently accommodations that will have to be provided. 

*People who are currently working will be required to provide their most-recent paystub.  Applicants who are not employed will be required to provide the following:

Proof of any of the government assistance programs such as: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps), Medicaid/MassHealth, Section 8, Public Housing and/or other. A Zero Income Affidavit will also be accepted, if needed.

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  • Michael Madden
    I walk three to five miles each day through upper Main South, down to the WPL, over to FHC, no longer drive after scores of thousands of miles in a car and a cab. Having a bike would be a boon!
  • Justin Soccorso
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to be involved in this program I also meet all the requirements and am happy just to be considered. Justin soccorso
  • Heather Forget
    Hi yeah this is heather forget. I 100% meet all the requirements and I am praying I am lucky enough to be one of the lucky 200 chosen. :)
  • Santo Lanava
    Thank you for the information
    I know now that i am within the guidelines
    Can’t wait to ride to work, fingers crossed
  • Papo Garcia
    You guys are doing a great job. Worcester Strong
  • Christopher Colecchi
    Yes sounds great thanks, I meet the full criteria and I am still interested !
  • J Stuart Esty
    thanks for the opportunity but as a daily E-Bike commuter, I’d rather have a bike in the hands of someone that has yet to experience what these machines can provide. Thanks again and looking forward to seeing more bikes on the road. J. Stuart Esty, Worcester, MA