A new era of transportation is on the rise as electric bikes and scooters seem to be popping up everywhere. Eco friendly, efficient and fun - what is not to love about E-transportation.
Personally, at Zapped we love the E-bike brand Propella. They specialize in elegant light weight electric bikes that are not only beautiful but also so easy master. You simply can specify your pedal assist level from the control options and take some nice breaks and get an extra boost while you ride. The higher up the level the more power. The assist starts when you pedal and automatically shuts off when you come decide to stop pedaling or by applying pressure to the breaks. The E- bike also can be used as a regular bike if you decide… or if run out of battery mid ride. The Propella Bike includes 25-40 mile range , 2.5 hour recharge , Panasonic li-ion cells , can be charged on or off the bike, and comes with a removable anti theft lock!!! Check out their website here.
Another BC local favourite spot to check out electric bikes ( and Zapped gear ) is Bishop's Family Cycles Ltd - located downtown Victoria, BC. Owned by a local lovely family bishops carries a vast variety of family bikes (children’s, e-bike, cargo, bucket, long-tail bikes), as well as helmets, safety and high-visibility reflective, and other accessories to make family biking safe and easy. Bishop's goal is to make their store a place parents feel comfortable bringing their children to shop, we look forward to welcoming the next generation of family cyclists!
Below is an E-bike that can be found at Bishop's Family Cycles Ltd. This bike is called the Yuba Kombi E5 9 Speed, Shimano E 5000, Hydraulic. Retailed at C$4,199.00. This new electric powered version is designed specifically for flat terrain riding but able to handle big cargo loads. The bike is powered by Shimano’s lightest E-bike system: the STEPS E5000 mid-drive motor and its 418 Wh battery. The key to riding safety is powerful reliable braking, and the Shimano Alivio hydraulic disc brakes will secure confidence in all conditions!
Along with the E bike , you may have also noticed a lot more electric Scooters around your town or city ! E - scooters are rechargeable transportation devices with a battery pack that connects and powers the motor- which allows the wheels to push forward and for the scooter to move automatically. This allows riders to get to their desired location with speed, and efficiency and at a low cost ( and also allows for some fun)! Recently , six different municipalities across British Columbia are teaming up with the provincial government on a pilot project that tests the practically and safety of electric scooters as way of transportation. Windsor, On. and many other cities have teamed up with Bird to release hundreds of e - scooters around different cities , with charging stations and lock locations as an eco friendly affordable way for individuals to travel. The provincial policies stipulate that the rules for e-scooters are the same as the e-bike; specifically, users must be 16 years or older, wear a helmet, and follow the rules of the road for cyclists. An average adult scooter weighs under 30 lbs, has a 250-watt motor, a 250 watt-hour lithium-ion battery, has a top speed of 15 mph, a range of 10 miles, and costs about $300-500 to purchase individually. Some other current most popular brands of electric scooters for adults are: Boosted, Glion, GoTrax, Xiaomi, Swagtron, Zero, and Fluid FreeRide, Kaabo, and Minimotors.
With this new way of transportation on the move it is important to know about the safety protocols and Do’s and Dont’s of E - transportation. For more information click here.
Zapped is so excited about electric transportation! Are you?