As the popularity of e-bikes, cycling, mountain biking and trail development continue to grow and increase opportunities for visitors and citizens alike, new policies are helping guide appropriate behavior.
In a post on bicycling.com they report "Electric bike sales jumped by an incredible 91 percent from 2016 to 2017 alone, according to the market research firm NPD Group. It’s a $77.1 million industry, and there’s no sign of a slowdown. Last year, e-bike sales even surpassed traditional bike sales in the Netherlands. In speaking with one of the owners of the Comox Bike Company on Vancouver Island he confirms the sales of e-bikes is far exceeding their ability to stock them! In following several cycling blogs, this new voice is present and e-bikes are opening a new world of opportunity. And, while on a recent cycle holiday in Belgium the e-bike ride sharing was being expanded significantly in Brussels.
E-bikes are here to stay so hats off to the British Columbia Recreation, Sites & Trails department for taking the proactive step in releasing a new policy defining the types of e-bikes, their use of various types of trails in our province. If you are a land owner, recreational site manager, or e-cyclist - it is definitely worth reading.
If you are looking for information in other provinces, check out: https://ebikebc.com/electric-bike-regulations-in-canada/
I'm personally not ready to give up pedaling yet but when the time comes, fantastic!.