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Test drive an electric car or e-bike for FREE in Sidney this weekend (CONTEST)


Are you looking for a more environmentally conscious, cost effective way to move around town?

Electric transportation might be perfect for you.

Electric bikes, or e-bikes, reduce emissions and traffic congestion, improve air quality and increase user fitness.

Starting at approximately $1,000, these e-bikes cost much less than a vehicle to own and operate. Larger cargo bikes can accommodate other passengers, groceries and more.

The already low price can also be reduced through Scrap-It BC, which incentivizes individuals to ‘scrap’ their combustion vehicle in return for $750 towards an e-bike.

So what exactly is an e-bike?

Electric bikes assist the rider’s pedaling efforts with an electric motor, allowing you to go further, travel faster, climb hills more easily and carry more in comparison to a regular bike.

They can even travel between 30 and 160 km on one charge,  depending on the bike’s battery capacity, degree of electric assist selected, amount of hill climbing and amount of cargo onboard.

Even better, if you ever run out of charge, you can still ride your e-bike like a regular pedal bike.

Want to learn more?

This summer, the Capital Regional District is inviting residents across the region to get a hands-on feel for electric vehicles (EVs), e-bikes and EV chargers at a number of different community events.

This Saturday, July 30th, the CRD’s second ‘Charge Your Ride’ test drive and ride event will take place at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, residents will have the opportunity to experience both electric vehicles and e-bikes first-hand to help them decide if these technologies work for their lifestyles.

The program allows families curious about EVs and e-bikes to try them out, get their questions answered by e-bike owners and have fun!

Attendees will also have a chance to win a number of great prizes, including a FREE CUBE e-bike at the end of the summer!

Additionally, the CRD is also offering free e-bike skills courses throughout the summer in partnership with Capital Bike.

We’ve also partnered with the CRD to give away a FREE bike tune-up to one lucky winner—and you’ll find those contest details below.

CRD’s Charge Your Ride campaign is a partnership with the City of Victoria, District of Saanich, Town of Sidney and District of Central Saanich, and is made possible by a financial contribution from Natural Resources Canada.


To enter for your chance to win a FREE bike tune-up courtesy of the CRD, complete one or more of the following:

  1. LIKE Capital Regional District on Facebook and comment below to let us know you have (1 entry)
  2. FOLLOW Capital Regional District on Instagram and comment below to let us know you have (1 entry)
  3. SHARE this post on Facebook and/or and comment below to let us know you have (1 entry)

Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on August 15th, 2022. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter.

Contest Guidelines 

CRD’s Charge Your Ride event

  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 30th


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