Canada, for its part has relaxed ebike laws in recent years. Most provinces have regulations that are comparable to California’s: ebikes in British Columbia for example can be boosted along by a 500W motor up to speeds of 20mph (32km/hr). Only in the sparsely populated province of Prince Edward Island do ebikes face severe restrictions, being considered in the same as a moped before the law.
One type of ebike that has seen a mini boom is the electric cargo bike. Originally developed in north-west Europe (mainly the Netherlands and Denmark), cargo bikes come in a variety of shapes and sizes with names like longtails or bakfiets. They are designed to haul a lot of stuff, as the name implies, whether it be kids on the way to school or the weekly shop on the way home. Understandably, many cargo bike riders appreciate a bit of assistance from a motor to do this, especially if they live in a hilly or hot part of the country and they’re carrying loads of 100kg or more. Although they can be found throughout the country, these electric cargo bikes are most likely to be spotted in certain cities like Portland, Chicago or Seattle.