Search and Rescue in B.C. Debuts Giant e-Bikes
The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) in British Columbia has become the first organization of its kind with a full e-bike team. Cyclepath Kelowna has provided COSAR with seven Giant Full-E+ SX Pro bikes to be used for urban searches and backcountry initial-response calls. “COSAR has previously used members’ personal mountain bikes in search operations, primarily for urban searches,” said COSAR e-bike team coordinator Brian Stainsby. “A year ago, we began exploring equipping our team with e-bikes – mountain bikes with an electric-motor assist. We can get to an injured subject faster and render aid quicker. For initial search activities, we can search a far larger area with e-bikes than on foot and more effectively than with our ATVs.” The SX Pro e-bikes have a 500W pedal-assist motor that aids in climbing, and the full-suspension mountain bikes will be able to handle most hiking and biking trails in the Okanagan.