Growing Pains Slow Growth, Frustrate E-Bike Dealers, Riders
TORONTO — While politicians and entrepreneurs complain that some governments have been too slow to act on allowing the use of emission-free, power-assisted bicycles, others say it's just a case of growing pains.
The use of power-assisted bicycles, widely referred to as "e-bikes," has risen exponentially since Transport Canada amended its regulations in 2001 to allow Canadians to have battery-powered motors on their bicycles.
John Stonier, spokesman for the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, said the popularity of the bicycles in British Columbia - one of the first provinces to allow their use - is skyrocketing, with an estimated 10,000 or more riders.
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