An electric bicycle, or E-bike, is a bicycle with an electric motor integrated into the frame or wheel. They ride like bicycles, not motorbikes, and they ride where bicycles ride without need for license, registration or insurance. Electric bicycles come in all styles and sizes just as regular bicycles do.
Many E-bikes have small motors, having less than 300 watts (3 old light bulbs!) of power, yet they have the ability to help power you up the steepest of hills. You can get fit and lose weight riding an e-bike (see our health benefits section).
An electric bicycle can change the way you commute, taking away both the stress of cycling and the excuses you would normally create not to ride! Furthermore, the level of your assist can be changed on the go so you can put as much effort in, or get as much power out as you like!
Depending on local laws, many e-bikes are legally classified as bicycles rather than mopeds or motorcycles. This allows E-bike riders to use bike paths, bike lanes, and shared use pathways.