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Edmonton bike shop Revolution Cycle hopes that motor-assisted, pedelec bikes will get approval for use on River Valley trails
Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".
The city had a population of 932,546 in 2016, making it Alberta's second-largest city and Canada's fifth-largest municipality. Also in 2016, Edmonton had a metropolitan population of 1,321,426, making it the sixth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. Edmonton is North America's northernmost city with a metropolitan population over one million.
http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2017/08 ... ley-trails
There are two kinds of “eBikes” available. The first, just called an eBike, is a throttle-based bicycle that gives the rider the ability to pedal, but that input has no effect on the cycle’s movement when its motor is engaged. The second is the pedelec, which assists cyclists as they pedal the bike, adding some motorized momentum when it senses they might need a little help, when they’re on a steep hill, for example.
It’s this second type that Revolution Cycle would like to see more of in the River Valley. They also tend to have a speed-cap at 32 kilometres per hour, MacFynn said, which is a pretty standard speed for many group rides one would see going down the shoulder of a highway.
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (aka "MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT"):
http://lois-laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/regu ... lText.html
power-assisted bicycle means a vehicle that:
(a) has steering handlebars and is equipped with pedals,
(b) is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground,
(c) is capable of being propelled by muscular power,
(d) has one or more electric motors that have, singly or in combination, the following characteristics:
(i) it has a total continuous power output rating, measured at the shaft of each motor, of 500 W or less,
(ii) if it is engaged by the use of muscular power, power assistance immediately ceases when the muscular power ceases,
(iii) if it is engaged by the use of an accelerator controller, power assistance immediately ceases when the brakes are applied, and
(iv) it is incapable of providing further assistance when the bicycle attains a speed of 32 km/h on level ground,
(e) bears a label that is permanently affixed by the manufacturer and appears in a conspicuous location stating, in both official languages, that the vehicle is a power-assisted bicycle as defined in this subsection, and
(f) has one of the following safety features,
(i) an enabling mechanism to turn the electric motor on and off that is separate from the accelerator controller and fitted in such a manner that it is operable by the driver, or
(ii) a mechanism that prevents the motor from being engaged before the bicycle attains a speed of 3 km/h; (bicyclette assistée)
(Funny lawyers... no mention re any PEAK outputs... or for how long.)
According to MacFynn, Revolution Cycle sold around 250 eBikes last year, and expects to exceed this number by at least 10 per cent this year.