Policies to encourage commuting by electric bicycle in Metro Vancouer

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Metro Vancouver currently has very low rates of cycling due to hilly terrain, wet winters, and an auto-centric urban design. Metro Vancouverites instead travel primarily by gasoline powered motor vehicles, creating traffic congestion and air pollution. For many commuters electric bicycles present a feasible alternative to vehicle commuting, including those living in hilly areas. If enough people started commuting by electric bicycles the societal benefits could be significant. Four policies that would encourage more people to commute by electric bicycle on a regular basis are considered. A provincial e-bike to work tax incentive and loan program is recommended as the policy most likely to increase rates of bicycle commuting while being cost-efficient for government and providing affordable access to e-bikes for most vehicle commuters.
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