New e-bike store in PEI offers largest collection in Atlantic Canada

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — The owner of a new e-bike shop in Charlottetown says the public is buzzing with enthusiasm for his product.

The Rising Tides e-bike store, which opened on July 22 on lower Queen Street in Prince Edward Island’s capital, offers brand new e-bikes, called e-bikes, to rent or buy.

One of the reasons for starting the company was to create a space in Charlottetown where people could choose fast but green transportation, owner Frank MacEachern said in a recent interview with Saltwire Network.

Rising Tide Electrical Bicycles owner Frank MacEachern has opened his new bike shop on Queen Street in Charlottetown. MacEachern has been an avid cyclist for over 50 years. Rafe Wright • The Guardian

“Climate change has had a significant effect on the economic model,” he said.

“I wasn’t ready to retire and wanted to start a business that could make a small difference in people’s lives and the climate,” he said.

“I was addicted”

MacEachern has been an avid cyclist for over 50 years.

He started researching e-bikes over the past few years and thinking about ways to start a business that would be sustainable in the long run.

“The deeper I got into it, the better the idea seemed. I couldn’t say no after a while, I was hooked.

For MacEachern, it was important to buy bikes that the average person could afford. The choice of a brand offering a wide range of bikes at varying prices was essential.

Frank MacEachern, owner of the Rising Tides e-bike store in Charlottetown, says he thinks one day all Canadians will consider buying an e-bike.  Rafe Wright • The Guardian
Frank MacEachern, owner of the Rising Tides e-bike store in Charlottetown, says he thinks one day all Canadians will consider buying an e-bike. Rafe Wright • The Guardian

“The most expensive bike we have is $3,500,” MacEachern said.

While that price may seem steep, many high-end e-bikes in Canada can cost upwards of $10,000.

Rental is currently an option, with costs ranging from $40 per hour to $80 per day. Payment plans are also something the company plans to implement soon.

The biggest choice

Every bike in the store comes equipped with both pedal assist and safety lights—both legal requirements in PEI.

Most of the bikes in the store can travel up to 80 km before needing to be recharged.

“They can go far. If you want to tackle a big hill, you can just hit the throttle and it will take you up the hill,” MacEachern said.

Most bikes available for sale or rental at Rising Tides in Charlottetown can travel up to 80 km on a single charge, and portable chargers are available.  Rafe Wright • The Guardian
Most bikes available for sale or rental at Rising Tides in Charlottetown can travel up to 80 km on a single charge, and portable chargers are available. Rafe Wright • The Guardian

Shop worker Kyle Gormley recently got into e-biking due to rising inflation in the province.

“As someone who’s been hurt by (rising) gas prices and all the increases, it’s nice to have a more affordable alternative,” Gormley said.

There is nothing stopping people from buying or renting an e-bike, he added.

Rising Tides employee Kyle Gormley got into e-biking several years ago and says it helps with today's gas prices.  Rafe Wright • The Guardian
Rising Tides employee Kyle Gormley got into e-biking several years ago and says it helps with today’s gas prices. Rafe Wright • The Guardian

“We probably have the best prices when it comes to e-bikes, and there really is a bike for everyone. I can’t think of a reason why people don’t get into it.

-Kyle Gormley

McEachern says Rising Tides has one of the largest selections of e-bikes in Atlantic Canada, with over 200 bikes available in the store.


rules of the road

• E-bikes are not permitted in public parks but may be permitted with special permission from any provincial municipality.

• E-bikes are allowed on the motorway, but only if a cycle lane is available or on the shoulder of the motorway if no lane is provided.

• E-bikes are only permitted on the Confederation Trail if the driver uses an e-bike between April 1 and November 30.
Source: ileduprinceedward.ca


It’s a great feeling to own a company that you know is trying to make a difference, MacEachern said.

“Getting out of our cars is one of the things Canadians and Islanders can do every day to fight (climate change). What better way to do it than on an e-bike? »

Rafe Wright is a reporter with the Local Journalism Initiative, a position covered by the federal government. He writes on climate change issues for the SaltWire Network in Prince Edward Island and can be reached by email at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @wright542.