Ladner Man Launches First Delta Electric Bike Store

E-Bike Canada opens on May 15 with test rides adapted to COVID-19 available for reservation.

Chris Scurr brought his passion for electric bikes to his hometown.

The Ladner resident has teamed up with Craig Perkins to launch the city’s first e-bike store.

E-Bike Canada opens on May 15 with test rides adapted to COVID-19 available for reservation.

Scurr didn’t have to think too much about the location. The 2,500 square feet of retail space is on the ground floor of his wife’s Royal Ocean Events business in Tilbury (Unit 11A 7228 Progress Way).

“We have our own building where we have been hosting weddings for all cruise lines for over 20 years,” said Scurr, longtime former Delta Chamber executive and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for its community work. “Normally we do about 6,000 weddings a year, but we’ve been on leave for almost 18 months (due to COVID-19) without a cruise. I told my wife why don’t we give back to the community we love with a healthy, fun activity to do? “

Scurr discovered the electric bike while on vacation in Mexico. Two years ago, he teamed up with Perkins, a North Vancouver resident, who had previously launched an e-bike website offering owners videos and tips on a variety of topics. The Tilbury store and the ebikecanada.com website are part of the commercial arm of C&C Electric Bike International.

Scurr adds that the pandemic has only increased the popularity of e-bikes.

“Since COVID 19, people want to get out and it’s a way to do it healthily,” he continued. “It’s ideal for people who want to be able to cycle further and not be under any stress or strain on their body, especially if you’re a little older or want to cover longer distances.

“The assistance that the electric motor gives you is wonderful and opens up a whole new world for people. That they didn’t know what they could have.

E-Bike Canada will live up to its name by primarily selling Canadian designed bikes that have been assembled in Burnaby and Calgary. The store is affiliated with HUB Cycling, a non-profit organization that has created a network for cyclists in the Metro Vancouver area.

Scurr added that the store will also serve as an education center for everything from biker safety to providing directions around Delta and beyond.

“Electric bikes can be quite fast and if people don’t ride them well they can be a hazard on the trails,” he said. “We will organize safety and courtesy training courses. It will be online for now and possibly in a training room in the store. “

Scurr encourages everyone to come to the store for a demo, starting May 15th. Registration can be done on the website.

Maria R. Newman