Electric bikes now permitted on TransLink buses

Feb 6 2020, 11:48 am

Electric bikes are now permitted on Metro Vancouver’s public transit buses, but just like regular bikes they must be placed on the bike racks at the front of the bus.

According to TransLink’s The Buzzer, the new rules come with conditions that require electric bikes to weigh less than 25 kg (55 lbs), and the wheels to fully fit in the bike rack.

Furthermore, the electric bike must use a lithium battery, and the passenger is required to remove the battery and bring it onboard the bus.

Electric bikes that resemble a scooter are still not permitted as they are too heavy and do not properly fit on the bike racks.

Transit riders can also bring their electric bikes onboard SeaBus, SkyTrain, and the West Coast Express.

TransLink’s policies stipulate all bikes are permitted on the West Coast Express during all operating hours, while bikes are banned on both the Expo and Millennium lines during the busy peak hours. However, bikes are permitted on the Canada Line during all hours, although the public transit authority notes passengers with bikes may not be able to bring their bike into a packed train during peak periods.

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