Where to Buy an eBike in BC?

Choose the type of eBike that suits your needs, preferences, and budget. There are different types of eBikes available in the market, such as commuter, touring, mountain folding, etc.

  • Check the legal requirements and regulations for eBikes in BC. In BC, eBikes are considered “motor-assisted cycles” under the Motor Vehicle Act if they meet certain criteria2. For example, they must have pedals or hand cranks capable of propelling the bike forward, a motor power output not exceeding 500 watts, a maximum speed of 32 km/h on level ground, and a motor that disengages when the brakes are applied or the rider stops pedaling. Riders also need to wear a helmet, be at least 16 years old, and follow bicycle safety rules. However, some eBikes may not meet these criteria and may be classified as “limited speed motorcycles” or “motorcycles”, which require vehicle registration, licensing, insurance, and different safety standards.
  • Find a participating eBike retailer that offers the government rebate program. The province is offering cash rebates on eligible eBikes to British Columbians over the age of 19 starting June 1, 2023. Rebates are based on a person’s income and range from $350 to $1,400. To be eligible, the eBike must cost more than $2,000 before taxes and be purchased from a participating eBike retailer after June 1. See a great selection of eBikes at Cit-E Cycles with 7 locations in Vancouver and electric bike Victoria.
  • Apply for the rebate online or in-store. You will need to provide proof of income, proof of residency, proof of purchase, and a photo of your eBike. You will receive an email confirmation with a rebate code that you can use to claim your rebate within 30 days.
  • Enjoy your new eBike and ride safely and responsibly. E-bikes offer many benefits such as saving money, time, emissions, improving health, fitness, fun, and accessibility. However, they also pose some risks and challenges such as safety, reliability, maintenance, and etiquette.
  • The BC Government is responding to the popularity of eBiking introduced a new Electric Bike Policy in 2019. Today, class 1 eBikes are permitted in all parks that allow cycling.

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