Following our submission in October, the recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services included eliminating PST on electric assist bicycles.
While this is definitely good progress, it is only a recommendation to the B.C. Government.
Please help make sure they eliminate the PST from electric bikes:
Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. In addition to this not being very fair or equitable, the PST on electric bikes is also a real hassle for bike shops when they are repaited as PST is charged on the electrical parts but not the other parts of a bike.
The recommendation is on page 78 of the Report on the Budget 2019 Consultation:
95. Encourage the use of electric, cargo and adaptive bicycles by eliminating the PST on electric assist bicycles.
The report includes some of our input on electric bikes on page 73:
option for more people with the use of electric, cargo and adaptive bicycles. Electric bicycles can increase the
number and length of cycling trips, and enable people with physical challenges to cycle for transportation.
used by businesses for deliveries. They recommended exempting these bicycles from the PST to encourage
their adoption and use.
By enabling more people to cycle further for more trips, electric bikes can also help B.C. meet its climate goals.
B.C. Budget Submission - Cycling and Walking are Affordable Mass Transportation |BC Cycling Coalition
Electric Bicycles - Affordable Healthy Clean Transportation | BC Cycling Coalition
Good news! The recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services include exempting e-bikes from the PST. This was among the recommendations the BC Cycling Coalition presented to the Committee in September.
Specifically, the recommendation on page 23 of the report states:
29. Exempt e-bikes (electric-assist bicycles) from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) to encourage British Columbians to pursue active forms of transportation.
Of note, this was the only recommendation the Committee made regarding the PST. The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring.
Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles (cars) are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it?
For small business owners however, this detail feels rather significant. "It's really quite a hassle." Says Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes. "When repairing an electric bike, we have to charge PST on the electric parts like the battery and motor while there is no PST on the bike parts like wheels and brakes.". Creating two separate lines, and a once unnecessary step to small business’s financial records, is cumbersome and aggravating.
Electric bicycles remove accessibility barriers by allowing riders to conquer hills, speeds, and distances that would otherwise be impossible for some people. These machines, that emit zero carbon, make active transportation a viable option for a broader population, opening it up to all ages and abilities, especially in combination with safe cycling infrastructure.
It's a cycling dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany's first bicycle Autobahn.
Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers outdoors.
As a glimpse of a greener urban transport future, Germany has just opened the first five-kilometre stretch of a bicycle highway that is set to span over 100 kilometres.
It will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm and four universities. Almost two million people live within two kilometres of the route and will be able to use sections for their daily commutes, said Martin Toennes of regional development group RVR.
Aided by booming demand for electric bikes, which take the sting out of uphill sections, the new track should take 50,000 cars off the roads every day, an RVR study predicts.
The new type of bike routes are around four metres wide, have overtaking lanes and usually cross roads via overpasses and underpasses. The paths are lit and cleared of snow in winter.
Cycle Super Highways are also being proposed for Frankfurt, Munich and Nuremberg.
Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP
A new study indicates that an increase cycling could save $25 trillion and reduce transportation-related CO2 emissions 10 percent by 2050.
According to the study published by University of California (UCD), Davis, a combination of investments and public policies could bring the global average of bike and e-bike use up 14 percent by 2050 (of urban kilometers). Savings of around $25 trillion could be achieved by reducing the need for new car-related infrastructure and maintenance.
“Cycling is a crucial means of transport for millions of people around the world,” said Brian Cookson, president of the UCI. “This report demonstrates that, if more governments followed good examples like the Netherlands or Denmark to make their cities better for cycling, we’d see huge benefits from lower carbon emissions, hugely reduced costs in transport infrastructure, and potentially safer, healthier places.”
The $1 billion for cycling and walking over ten years that the BC Cycling Coalition is recommending could increase cycling mode share to around %12 by 2025, well on the way to the 2050 target of 23% in the study.
More in the Executive Summary. Here is the BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission.
Info graphics from The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.
We need your support to make this all happen. As the BCCC not a charity, we can’t issue tax receipts. However, that means we are not limited in the amount of money that we can and will devote for advocacy. Please donate to support the Billions for Bikes campaign.