E-Bike Education

HUB Cycling’s mission is to get more people cycling more often. Electric-assist bikes further this mission by allowing people with physical limits, longer commutes, heavier loads, carrying children, and those facing hilly terrain to cycle more often!

Electric assist bikes (e-bikes) are bicycles with electric motors and batteries to help you power your bike through the pedals or a throttle. Most have a controller that lets you choose the amount of power the system provides. The key difference between an e-bike and an electric scooter or motorcycle is that an e-bike has pedals or hand cranks that can operate when the motor is running or providing assistance. 


Watch the video (2 min) to the right, in partnership with our friends at BCAA and Evolve, to learn more. >>




  • WEBINAR: What to look for when buying an e-bike. Looking to purchase an e-bike but not sure where to start? Watch this webinar where Alistair Barrett from Obsession E-bikes explains what to look for.


Cycling courses help you ride more confidently.

We have a range of cycling courses and e-bike education in Metro Vancouver and across British Columbia to help you build the skills, confidence, and knowledge to purchase and ride an electric assist bicycle (e-bike). Find a course below that best works for you, depending on your location.


Four adult woman with their bikes stand in a row. A fifth person, a woman bike instructor, points to the front wheel of one of the woman's bikes.

Metro Vancouver / Lower Mainland

Sign up for low-cost  in-person cycling courses at HUB's StreetWise Cycling Education Centres at Trout Lake Community Centre in East Vancouver or Thompson Community Centre in South Richmond. These courses include a specialized E-Bike Skills course. Find out more about our course offerings here

For information on adaptive cycling programs at our StreetWise Cycling Education Centres, please visit Spinal Cord Injury BC’s Adaptive Cycling webpage.


A white couple in their 60s stand beside their two e-bikes and smile for the camera. They are both wearing black helmets.

Victoria / Capital Region

Sign up for free in-person e-bike courses and try-out events hosted by Capital Bike. Find out more.


Two women ride Evolve e-bikes on a trail in Whistler.

Rest of British Columbia

HUB Cycling is excited to announce funding for e-bike education throughout BC this year! If you're a service provider looking to provide e-bike education in your community, check out the call for proposals here. Proposals will be accepted until June 7th, 2024.

An Asian woman in her 20s rides her bike on a separated bike lane in Vancouver.

Learn Online

Take our interactive online course to learn the basics of cycling safety, rights and responsibilities as a person biking, route planning, gear, and how to choose an e-bike. Sign up for free and start learning now with StreetWise Cycling Online.


E-Bike Resources


Webinars and Other Resources

  • WEBINAR: What to look for when buying an e-bike. Looking to purchase an e-bike but not sure where to start? Watch this webinar where Alistair Barrett from Obsession E-bikes explains what to look for.
  • Download our e-biking education handout, created in partnership with Evole E-Bike Share and BCAA.
  • Check out our E-Mobility Drop-In Workshops in Coquitlam, Richmond, and Whistler. Click here for more dates and information.
  • Sign up for one of our free Intro to E-Biking webinars. Complete information, dates, and registration can be found here. If you can’t make our live webinars, you can watch a pre-recorded Intro to E-biking webinar here.


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Benefits of E-Bikes


  • E-bikes are fun and allow you to exercise, and can reduce your carbon footprint (if switching from a motor vehicle).
  • E-bikes can save time (both compared to driving and conventional cycling).
  • E-bikes give those who ride them increased accessibility and possibilities. They make things easier for riders who have physical limitations or barriers to be able to keep up with the flow of traffic.
  • E-bikes also allow increased baggage on the bike without any more strain on the person riding - from children to shopping bags!
  • E-bikes do not require insurance, and ongoing maintenance is much less than with a car or other motor vehicle. They also typically cost less to purchase than a car.
  • Parking and charging an e-bike is usually straightforward and free, although care should be taken to lock it securely.
  • BC residents 19 years and over are eligible for income-based rebates on the purchase of a new e-bike.  Learn more at https://bcebikerebates.ca/

Things to Consider When Purchasing an E-Bike


  • You must be 16 years of age or older in order to legally ride an e-bike in B.C.
  • E-bikes require an expensive initial investment compared to non-e-assist bikes. Low-end prices are more than $1,500 - $2,000. Additionally, e-bike parts are more expensive than conventional bike parts to replace, although significantly less expensive than vehicle parts and maintenance.
  • E-bike batteries will weaken over time with use. Check out some tips on how to prolong the life of your battery here!
  • E-bikes need to be recharged with some regularity, so this means some pre-planning to ensure that you aren’t stranded with a bike that is out of power. Check out this website to find out how long e-bikes can last on a single charge! If you have your charging cable, most e-bike batteries can be recharged with any regular plug (at your home, office, cafe, etc.).
  • E-bikes weigh more than conventional bikes. Consider this when thinking about storage and if you will need to carry your bike upstairs or hang it vertically while parked.


E-Bike Etiquette

Since e-bikes move faster than people walking or pedalling bicycles, it is essential to be predictable and courteous to people on shared pathways and roads. Check out this 1-minute cycling etiquette video below put together by HUB Cycling and BCAA to learn more:



What's Next?


So, you're interested in getting into e-biking - what's next?


Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting e-bike education!


Logos of our sponsors which includes the Province of B.C., BCAA and Scrap-It.