Try an E-bike program

Looking to save time on your commute to UBC? Are you curious about trying an e-bike before purchasing one?

With the Try an E-bike program, current UBC staff and faculty are eligible for a free e-bike rental at local bike shops. Even if you don’t participate in the trial you are eligible for discounts when purchasing an e-bike.

Why Participate?

E-biking is a healthy and sustainable way to get around. People who own e-bikes replace car trips with e-bike trips more often than their pedal-power peers. Plus, the Try an E-bike Program supports UBC’s sustainable transportation goals!

Who is eligible?

All current UBC faculty and staff

How does the program work?

  1. Complete the online registration. A confirmation email will be sent to you. Print it out or keep the email on your phone.
  2. Read the Purchasing Guide (updated August 30th) and choose a participating bike shop near you. Call ahead to schedule your free rental.
  3. Bring your UBC staff card and confirmation email (on your phone is fine) to the bike shop when you pick up your rental.

How long can I rent a bike for?

The free rental is for 24 hours minimum and you are eligible for one free rental per shop. Ask the shop when to return the e-bike. You may be required to pay a refundable security deposit as you would with other bike rentals.

When can I rent a bike?

The program runs from June to November 2019. Free rentals are limited, so don’t delay.

Participating Bike Shops

Purchasing Guide

Did you know you can convert an existing bike into an e-bike? The program’s e-bike purchasing guide will walk you through what options are right for you when purchasing an e-bike. Also, the purchasing guide has details about bikes that are available from participating bike stores and what deals they have to offer.

For more information about e-bikes read Grin Technologies E-bike Basics Guide. It’s a comprehensive guide on e-bikes written by Adam Burvill, an UBC alumni.

Participant Guide

New to cycling to campus? Check out the participant guide for information on planning your route, locking your bike at UBC, and other cycling resources.

Have a question about the program?

Reach out to The program is funded in part thanks to TransLink’s TravelSmart program.