An e-bike (electric bicycle) is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor that is used to assist propulsion. The electric motor assists the rider’s pedal-power up to 25 km/h and makes riding, climbing hills and carrying loads easy. Power is provided by a rechargeable battery.

E-bikes can open up cycling to many in the community who don’t currently ride a bike. They can also be used without the electric motor.

An e-bike can provide active transport to replace many car trips, including:

  • Supermarket shopping trips, carrying up to 60kg
  • School drop offs and pick ups using a child seat.
  • Local trips to gyms, coffee shops and social visits.
  • Recreational rides with family and friends

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity and every trip on a bike is one less car on our busy roads.

Every 1000km travelled on an e-bike can save up to 100 litres of petrol (depending on the vehicle) which translates to 230 kg of CO2 emissions avoided.

No licence is required to ride one but the bike must comply with Australian standards.

Merri-bek (formerly Moreland) has the excellent ride and stride initiative to increase use of cargo bikes. BBUG would like something like this in Boroondara

Ride & Stride Program 2022, Merri-bek City Council


  • Don’t buy a cheap e-bike, the motor may not be repairable in Australia and there are safety concerns with some cheap batteries. Bosch motors are serviced locally. Expect to pay AUD $2,800+
  • Use a good lock to secure the bike and look for secure parking locations.
  • Some bikes can be easily adjusted to suit different riders – the seat and handlebar heights can be varied quickly.
Going shopping with an eBike
Going shopping with an e-Bike, note very limited bike parking.
Ebikes at 2022 Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival
E-bikes at 2022 Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival
Ebike parked outside Flinders Street Station
E-bike parked outside Flinders Street Station