After a bit of deliberation, I've decided to get myself an e-bike.
In particular, I have placed an order for a Veloteq Commuter RSV-GT in blue and black.
Which looks something like this:
I also paid my $25 to join the Durham E-bike Association. I believe that e-bikes are a fun, safe, and environmentally responsible form of transportation that should be encouraged, especially in the smoggier cities.
For anyone who's wondering what an e-bike is, Ontario is running a pilot (since Oct. 2006) allowing electric motor assisted bicycles on the road to be treated as bicycles (rather than motorcycles, like a moped) ...most other provinces and stattes already treat e-bikes as bicycles. That means no license, no plates, and no insurance needed... just a helmet. The catch is they are speed limited to 32km/h. ....which is faster than an average person bikes, but not faster than the road racers. The Ontario pilot program runs out in Oct 2009, after which they will still be road legal, but they may decide a license is needed, or that a few new rules are needed.
They come in both bicycle shape and motor scooter shape (like above).
I think it is a viable second vehicle that can be fun, is really cost efficient (pennies per charge), and easy to park.
They come with anti-theft alarms and locks, so that's not too big an issue.
For info on the e-bike pilot, visit the MTO E-bike FAQ.