Zipping through the Streets of Vancouver: The Electric Bicycle Revolution. Where to buy, styles, prices, and store locations.
Vancouverites! If you’ve ever found yourself pedaling furiously up a steep hill, sweat dripping down your brow, while silently cursing those lucky souls breezing by on their fancy e-bikes, fret no more! The rise of e-bicycles has taken our beautiful city by storm, revolutionizing the way we commute and making cycling a breeze. So grab your helmet and buckle up (or rather, strap it on) because we’re about to embark on an electrifying journey through the world of e-bicycles in Vancouver!
Via News.Gov.BC website, “Beginning June 1, 2023, rebates on the purchase of an approved e-bike will be available to B.C. residents older than 19 and will be based on a person’s income. Rebates will range from $350 to a maximum of $1,400. Unlike previous programs, there is no need to scrap a car to access the rebate. The Province is investing more than $6 million in rebates, which will allow as many as 9,000 people to lower the cost of their e-bike purchase. The rebate program will be administered by the Scrap-It Society.”
To find out which e-bike rebate you may qualify for and how to apply, visit: http://bcebikerebates.ca/
For information about HUB’s Streetwise Cycling Online program, visit: https://bikehub.ca/education/streetwise/streetwise-cycling-online
Commuting in a bustling city like Vancouver can be quite the challenge. Traffic congestion, packed public transportation, and limited parking spaces have all contributed to our collective transportation woes. But fear not, for the e-bike is here to save the day! These sleek two-wheelers combine the best of both worlds: the convenience of a bicycle and the power of electricity. With a trusty e-bike by your side, you’ll zip through traffic, breeze past gridlock, and arrive at your destination with a smile on your face.
So, what makes e-bikes so useful for city commuting, you ask? Well, dear reader, it’s all about that extra boost of power! E-bicycles are equipped with an electric motor that kicks in when you need it the most—like when you’re climbing a hill or starting from a standstill at a traffic light. With just a twist of the throttle or a few pedal strokes, you’ll feel a surge of energy propelling you forward, making uphill battles a thing of the past. Plus, e-bikes allow you to ride at higher speeds with less effort, helping you keep up with traffic and arrive at your destination in record time. Plus, if you live in North Vancouver like me, you won’t get gross and sweaty when you’re going up one of the endless hills or mountains we’re surrounded by.
Now, let’s talk about the key brands and styles of e-bikes available. When it comes to e-bikes, Vancouver has no shortage of options. One of the most popular brands is Rad Power Bikes, known for their stylish designs and affordable prices. Whether you’re looking for a fat tire e-bike to conquer rugged terrain or a sleek commuter e-bike for zipping through city streets, Rad Power Bikes has got you covered.
Another notable brand making waves in the e-bike scene is Pedego. They offer a wide range of electric bicycles, from beach cruisers perfect for leisurely rides along the seawall to cargo e-bikes that can carry your groceries or even your furry friend. With Pedego, you can find an e-bike that matches your style and meets your specific needs.
If you’re into the more European flair, you might want to check out Gazelle e-bikes. These Dutch beauties combine elegant design with cutting-edge technology. Gazelle offers a variety of e-bikes, including city bikes, urban e-bikes, and even folding e-bikes for those tight storage spaces. Hop on a Gazelle e-bike, and you’ll feel like you’re cycling through the streets of Amsterdam, minus the canals, of course!
Last but not least, we have to mention the ever-popular Trek e-bikes. Known for its quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, Trek has been a trusted name in the cycling world for years. Their e-bikes are no exception, offering a smooth and comfortable ride that will make you fall in love with cycling all over again. From urban e-bikes for daily commutes to electric mountain bikes for adventurous souls, Trek has a wide range of options to suit every rider.
These are just a few examples of the many e-bike brands and styles available in Vancouver. From folding bikes perfect for tight city spaces to fat tire e-bikes that can handle any terrain, there’s an e-bike out there for every taste and preference.
Where to Buy Electric Bikes in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Richmond
- Cit-E Cycles is North Vancouver’s newest store at the bottom of Chesterfield and Esplanade (near the Shipyards and Lonsdale Quay.
- OHM Electric Bikes in North Vancouver is a great option for those looking for high-quality, locally-made e-bikes.
- Lonsdale Avenue Reckless Shipyards in North Vancouver is a great place to find e-bikes at a variety of price points.
- Richmond E-Bike in Richmond is a great option for those looking for folding e-bikes. T
- MEC has a good selection of e-bikes from different brands. They also offer a great return policy, so you can try out an e-bike before you buy it.
- Sport Chek also has a good selection of e-bikes from different brands. They offer a price match guarantee, so you can be sure you’re getting the best price.
- Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist are great places to find used e-bikes. You can often find great deals on used e-bikes, but be sure to do your research before you buy one.
Here are some additional tips for buying an electric bike:
- Consider your needs. What will you be using the e-bike for? Commuting, recreation, or both?
- Set a budget. E-bikes can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
- Do your research. Read reviews and compare different models before you buy.
- Test ride the e-bike before you buy it. This will help you make sure that it’s the right fit for you.
Styles of eBikes
Check out the Cit-e Cycles lineup for more info on what would suit your needs:
Beyond the sheer joy and convenience they provide, e-bikes are also environmentally friendly. By reducing our reliance on cars, we can contribute to cleaner air and a healthier planet. So, not only are you saving money on gas and parking, but you’re also making a positive impact on the environment.