District of North Vancouver Councilor Jordan Back is bringing a motion at an upcoming Council meeting to incentivize e-bikes.
E-bikes are game-changers, allowing people to ride further and more often, replacing car trips but they are not cheap, says Councillor Back.
Back says he is following the lead of the District of Saanich in asking DNV to explore an e-bike incentive pilot project in the district.
According to Back’s motion, the District of Saanich launched an E-bike incentive pilot program on October 12, 2021, to support Saanich residents with the purchase of an e-bike as an alternate mode of personal transportation.
The program targets 300 participants, with incentives that range from $350 to $1,600 based on the applicant’s household size and income.
Back says province has recently made e-bikes PST exempt, but deeper incentives are needed if governments at any level want people to buy an e-bike, which costs approximately $2,000.
Back says this would be a pilot program, with a fixed end date, so that DNV staff will be able to assess the results and decide if it is something that could be continued.
E-bikes have health and environmental benefits and they might help in reducing traffic on North Shore, he adds.
“As we try to tackle the No. 1 issue on the North Shore, which is often traffic congestion, we have to look at every idea that could be part of the solution,” Back says.