Electric power bicycles have two classifications in Saskatchewan. An electric assist bicycle can have either two or three wheels and can use pedals and a motor simultaneously. A power cycle uses either pedals and motor; or motor only. Both must have engines with a 500-watt-power limit and must not be able to exceed 32 km/h. The ebike does not require a licence and helmets are required. Both are treated as regular bicycles in regards to local bylaws.
Power-assisted bicycles means any two- or three-wheeled bicycle that:
- is equipped with an electric assist motor that is no larger than 500 watts
- is designed to be propelled with the combination of muscular power and power assist from the electric motor
- cannot be operated at a speed of greater than 32 km/h (20 mph) on any level service
- Driver’s licence required: No
- Age restriction: 14 years of age or older
- Registration required: No (special bicycle sticker may be required by city)
- Helmets: Operator requires an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet
- Operation rules: Must be driven in accordance with the rules of the road under The Traffic Safety Act normally applicable to a bicycle and cannot be operated in any area restricted by municipal bylaw
Any gas-powered cycles, electric cycles larger than 500 watts or without pedals are considered motorcycles and all motorcycle licensing requirements and equipment standards apply.