Electric Bikes Report

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TP 13732E

ELECTRIC BIKE 2000 PROJECT

Prepared for Transportation Development Centre Safety and Security Transport Canada

By Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ)

April 2001

TP 13732E

ELECTRIC BIKE 2000 PROJECT

By Véronique Lamy Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ)

April 2001

The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the contractor and do not necessarily reflect those of the Transportation Development Centre.

MAIN PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS
Véronique Lamy Pierre Lavallée Claude Guérette René Desaulniers Fernand St-Georges Senior Editor Support Group Support Group Support Group Analyst CEVEQ CEVEQ Transportation Development Centre, Transport Canada SAAQ

Ce rapport est disponible également en français : Projet Vélos Électriques 2000, TP 13732F.

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Transport Canada
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Transports Canada
2. Project No. 3.

PUBLICATION DATA FORM
Recipient’s Catalogue No.

Transport Canada Publication No.

TP 13732E
4. Title and Subtitle

9889
5. Publication Date

Electric Bike 2000 Project
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April 2001
Performing Organization Document No.

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Author(s)

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Transport Canada File No.

Véronique Lamy
9. Performing Organization Name and Address 10.

ZCD2450-D-730
PWGSC File No.

Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ) 128 rue de la Gare Saint-Jérôme (Quebec) J7Z 2C2 12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

MTB-0-00512
11. PWGSC or Transport Canada Contract No.

T8200-000506/001/MTB
13. Type of Publication and Period Covered

Transportation Development Centre (TDC) 800 René Lévesque Blvd. West Suite 600 Montreal, Quebec H3B 1X9 15. Supplementary Notes (Funding programs, titles of related publications, etc.)

Final
14. Project Officer

Claude Guérette

Co-funded by the Program of Energy Research and Development (PERD) 16. Abstract

This report outlines the results and consequent recommendations of an electric bicycle (e-bike) evaluation project held in four Canadian cities − Montreal, Quebec City, St. Jerome, and Toronto − from June 12 to October 7, 2000. The project’s main objective was to determine the safety of e-bikes in order to help the authorities decide on appropriate regulations. To achieve this objective, the Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ), creator of the project, solicited the support of various partners and bicycle manufacturers. Two categories of e-bikes – electrically assisted bicycles and electrically propelled bicycles – were used and 55 e-bikes in all were made available to 369 volunteers for testing. In Quebec, participants were asked to ride the bicycles to work for two weeks and were also allowed to use them for recreation. At the end of this period, they had to complete a detailed questionnaire and submit their comments. In Ontario, users had opportunities to try out the e-bikes on rides of one hour or more and then completed a shorter questionnaire. The project also had some secondary objectives, including: promoting e-bikes and assessing the level of interest in their use for urban transportation; identifying appropriate sectors for use of e-bikes; stimulating people’s interest in using the bicycles to commute to work; and supporting greater use of non-polluting and less energy-consuming modes of transportation.

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Key Words

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Distribution Statement

Electric bicycles, electrically assisted bicycle, lectrically propelled bicycle, CEVEQ 19. Security Classification (of this publication) 20.

Limited number of copies available from the Transportation Development Centre E-mail: tdccdt@tc.gc.ca 21. Declassification (date) 22. No. of Pages 23. Price

Security Classification (of this page)

Unclassified
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