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Riding Tips

BCycle's electric-assist bikes are designed to suit all sorts of riders and to make even long trips a breeze! 

Follow these simple steps to make the most of your ride:

Inspect the bike before a ride

  • Make sure the tires are full and the brakes and the front and rear lights are working.
  • Raise or lower the seat post to a comfortable height. BCycle bike seats are easily adjustable -- open the clamp on the seat post, lower or raise the seat, and close the clamp again.

Wear a helmet

  • We recommend that you always wear a helmet when riding our e-bikes.

Follow the rules of the road

  • Make sure to observe local traffic signs, signals, and laws at all times.
  • Ride your bike in the bike lanes, on bike paths, or on the street. Never ride on the street against traffic.
  • Signal your next move. As you approach a turn, point in the direction you will go. This signaling helps cars and other cyclists understand your intentions.
  • Walk your bike on the sidewalk. It's called a sideWALK for a reason.

Plan a route

  • Know where you’ll ride and where you'll return your bike. Download the BCycle mobile app to see the station map with real-time bike and dock availability.

Shift gears

  • To shift up or down, stop pedaling and turn the shifter on the right handlebar.  Unlike many bikes, these electric-assist bikes shift gears more smoothly while the pedals are not turning.

Return your bike to a station

  • At the end of a trip, return your bike to a BCycle station and push it firmly into a dock. The dock will beep 3 times and flash a green light if your bike has been returned successfully.  Email and/or app notifications will also provide confirmation that your bike was successfully returned.
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