Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about electric bikes (E-Bikes).

Why electric bikes?

Transportation is responsible for 30% of Edmonton's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 42% of energy consumption. This is equal to all the energy used for residential and commercial buildings.

Electric bikes offer an opportunity to promote a more active mode of transportation and can enable cyclists to manage longer commutes and multiple trips to lower reliance on other vehicles.

What is an e-bike?

An e-bike is a bicycle that has an electric motor that can be used to move the bike. The purpose of the motor is to enhance the power of the rider, not replace it. For a complete definition of an e-bike, please see the ECEB Program Participation Guide.

What is the range of an e-bike battery?

Electric bike batteries are rated in watt-hours, with each kilometre using 7.5 to 15 watt-hours of energy. The range of a battery depends on a lot of different factors, including terrain, speed at which you are travelling, wind conditions and temperature, among others. As an example, a 540 watt-hour battery powering a 500 watt motor has a range of 36 km to 72.5 km.

Where can I ride e-bikes?

E-bikes can be ridden where cycling is permitted. Find more information on cycling laws and safety.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

The provincial standards for wearing helmets apply for bicycles and e-bikes.

  • Helmets are mandatory on electric bikes
  • Helmets are mandatory on bikes for people younger than 18 years

Register your bike (electric or otherwise) with Bike Index to help recover your bike should it get stolen.