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Poll: More than half of readers would consider buying an e-bike or already own one

With roadways clogged with cars and more incentives en route, electric bicycles are more attractive than ever
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West Vancouver's community relations liaison Natalie Roizman prepares to launch the district's Lime Bike program last July.

In just a few short years, e-bikes have gone from oddity to ubiquity. They're in shops, in share-program fleets and – most importantly – riding through our streets.

What at one point may have been thought of as objects of mere convenience, or even laze, battery-powered bicycles (and tricycles) are increasingly being viewed as a legitimate transportation alternative. And, in the case of cargo e-bikes, can replace automobiles for most if not all local trips.

As vehicle traffic continues to clog roadways like bad cholesterol, and incentives like rebates appear for potential e-bikers, we wanted to know how many of you would consider buying one. According to a recent poll, nearly 14 per cent of readers already own one, and a further 39 per cent said they would consider buying an e-bike.

But not everyone is on board with the idea. Almost 48 per cent of readers said they wouldn't consider buying one.

The North Shore News polled 1,137 readers and asked the question: Would you consider buying an e-bike?

The poll ran from June 2 to June 20, 2023. Of the 1,137 votes, we can determine that 414 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes 38.65 % local, 39.14 % total    
No 47.58 % local, 47.67 % total    
I already own one 13.77 % local, 13.19 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located on the North Shore. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 2.9%, 19 times out of 20.

The North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

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