Canadian supplier calls for Barbados tax exemption for Electric Bicycles
Our friend David Cameron of CameronEV (Electric Vehicles) in Ottawa Canada just completed stage two of testing an electric bicycle here in Barbados.
Last November we reported the first stage of the test where David used an EMoto™ Milano electric bike to roam around the island. Everything worked out fine until the bike couldn’t make it coming up to Sugar Hill. But as one of our readers (John Da Silva) remarked, even that “failure” showed that the e-bike could satisfy 95% of people on 95% of their journeys in Barbados.
David Cameron returned to Barbados in March and was successful with his continuing series of journeys around the island to test the e-bike’s capabilities. Here’s what he wrote to BFP…
The parish of St. Phillips has been conquered.
The red and white Milano e-bike visited the East Point Lighthouse, located at Ragged Point and made it back to town easily.
David Cameron returned the end of March and picked up the e-bike from Demario Cycle World where a customer assessment had been conducted.
Interesting to discover that the price of the e-bike at $5299BBD was considered high. Majority felt they would pay less than $4000BBD for an e-bike. The problem is the only way to get that price is for the government to let electric bicycles (e-bikes) be tax exempt.
The e-bike under test is a true electric bicycle under Canadian and international law. This type of vehicle should be granted a tax exemption.
Again a thanks to the patrons and staff at Buffy’s in Inch Marlow for assistance.”
Barbados transportation policies are unsustainable
As BFP has pointed out many times in the past, our current transportation policy has remained unchanged for 50 years. Our policy is accurately described as more cars on more roads and when those roads become jammed, increase the capacity again to allow more cars… and so on.
Many of our old roads can’t be widened or otherwise improved without destroying houses or doing some very expensive cutting into hills. When they originally laid out Bridgetown they weren’t planning on two ZR vans passing while meeting a bus!
In different and simpler times we had a railway, but that gave way to private autos and diesel powered buses. At a certain population and lifestyle that worked for a while, but Friday afternoons anywhere near the city should convince you that things aren’t working so well anymore.
Using the Toyota 4×4 or BMW to pick up some bread
Have a look around you next time you’re stuck in traffic: most of the cars have only the driver and no passengers. How far are they driving? Why are they taking this particular journey? To pick up some bread? To pick up their husband in the city?
Creep ahead for 10 seconds then sit for 30 seconds. What a waste of time, energy, fuel and money.
Now watch the odd motorcycle or scooter… ZIP! Away they go right past you. 20 minutes later you’re still siting in traffic and the bike rider is hoisting a cold Banks beer, relaxing and thinking about the day.
Times have changed, but people are pretending it isn’t so!
Prime Minister Thompson has been delivering a steady message of conservation and change in lifestyle for the last nine or ten months but many folks haven’t thought about what he is saying in a serious manner. The Prime Minister’s message can be boiled down to this: “Make do with less. Be satisfied with less. Don’t give up on the future, but for now the world has changed.”
The Prime Minister is telling the truth. Things have changed. Our hotels are half full. The tourists we see aren’t spending as they were even last year. Businesses are closing (Goodbye Miles! We gon miss you!)
Many Bajan homes have two vehicles sitting out front. We have to re-think this.
What do you think folks? Could you personally use an electric bicycle or motorcycle as your primary vehicle? If you have two autos in your household, could you make do with one auto and one e-bike?
Let’s hear what you have to say!
(Story suggested and partially written by BFP reader RLL. Thanks, RLL!)
Wikipedia: Electric Bicycle