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Change in Alberta E-bike Laws Popularize Ebikes

Change in Alberta E-bike Laws Popularize Ebikes


Alberta, Canada — New regulations as of July 1, 2009 will allow people to ride power-assisted bicycles without needing a licence, insurance or registration. Riders will have to wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation.

Originally, because eBikes weighted 40 kilograms, they were too heavy to qualify as non-licensed bicycles.

The bikes had no problem in the rest of Canada, but in Alberta, any vehicle that weighed more than 35 kilograms and traveled faster than 35 kilometers per hour was considered a moped. And moped riders had to be licensed. Unlicensed e-bike owners were fined.

These regulations added about $1,000 to the cost of the eBike, which are imported from China. The bikes sell for between $1,899 and $2,600.

Alberta’s new regulations stipulate power or power-assisted bicycles have a top speed of 32 km/h and an electric motor with a maximum power of 500 watts. Weight is not restricted, no driver’s license is required and the minimum driving age is 12. No insurance or registration is needed but a motorcycle helmet is required.

eBikes take between two and four hours to charge and can be charged every day at a cost of five or 10 cents.

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Ebikes Help Everyone Enjoy the Open Air

Ebikes Help Everyone Enjoy the Open Air


Peterborough, Ontario — People in their 70s may have a hard time biking up hill and down dale… but no longer. Not with the assistance of an electric bicycle.

The bike makes no more noise than a 21-speed conventional bike. It has a lower top speed than that conventional bike, however, because the motor cuts out at 32 km/h, and the rider must then try to accelerate the bike with an additional nine kilograms of weight (the weight of the battery and motor).

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Taiwan Railways Introduces First Folding E-Bicycles

Taiwan Railways Introduces First Folding E-Bicycles


Taipei – On June 9, The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) began selling folding bicycles, to mark its 122nd anniversary, and also to promote the government’s policy of carbon dioxide emission reduction.

The electric and non-motorized folding bicycles were introduced at an event on Friday. ,To commemorate the 122nd anniversary of the opening of Taiwan’s first rail line, a wide array of memorabilia was on display.

The electric folding bicycles, the world’s first of their kind, are manufactured by a company in southern Taiwan and can be easily folded in one second by pressing a button.

The bikes come in two sizes –12 inches and 16 inches — that weigh 21 kilograms and 23 kilograms and carry price tags of NT$19,800 (US$607.36) and NT$26,800, respectively.

People who purchase any of the bikes can apply for a subsidy of NT$3,000 when buying one of the eco-friendly bikes, the representative said.

There are three different sizes of non-folding electric bikes: 12 inches, 16 inches and 20 inches — which sell for NT$5,980, NT$8,800, and NT$9,800, respectively. The 12-inch model weighs 12 kg, while the 16-inch and 20-inch bikes weigh 23 kg, according to the company representative.

The bikes could be ordered at train stations around Taiwan from June 9-14. About 40 types of souvenirs were also on sale as part of the anniversary sale, including oval shaped stainless lunch boxes, commemorative coins, commemorative stamps, TRA antique glass cups, specially designed lunch boxes, train models and i-cash cards.

The bicycles and some of the memorabilia can also be ordered at participating 7-Eleven convenience stores until July 15, 2009.

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Bike Prices Rising in Japan

Bike Prices Rising in Japan


Bicycle prices in Japan are rising, because of high iron prices and rising labor costs in China, a major producer of Japan’s imported bicycles.

An increase in the number of electric bicycles, which are more expensive than regular bicycles, is also pushing up the average price. However, as iron prices start to fall and people refrain from purchasing new bicycles as a result of worsened economic conditions, prices are highly likely to drop again in the future.

Between 1950 and 1970, the average shipping price of bicycles was around 10,000 yen. Guidelines set the retail price at 3,000 yen plus shipping price.

In the early 1970s, when “mini cycles” — those with a wheel size of about 20 inches — began to spread, the average shipping price of bicycles soared to about 1.6 times the original price. Prices leveled off for about 10 years after that, but from about 1985, imports from China and Taiwan started to increase, and excluding certain times during the mountain-bike boom between 1988 and 1993, and the period between 1995 and 1998 after electric bicycles went on sale, prices plummeted.

However, between 2002 and summer 2008, the price of iron for each bicycle (about 20 kilograms) rose by 1,700 yen, and from 2005 shipping prices for imported bicycles also started increasing. Standard bicycles are now priced between around 8,000 and 30,000 yen, while electric bicycles are priced between around 40,000 and 150,000 yen.

However, iron prices began to drop in October last year, and the global recession has resulted in consumers becoming increasingly thrifty.

“A reduction in the price of low-priced bicycles may be inevitable in order to maintain sales,” commented one bicycle manufacturer.

Source: Mainichi.jp

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