Electric Bikes (e-Bikes) New Safety Rules in Ontario

Update: see previous page

The Ontario Provincial Government has introduced some new safety rules regarding eBikes that will be introduced on Saturday, October 3, 2009. The three (3) year trial period (October 3, 2006 to October 3, 2009) that the Provincial Government conducted a pilot project with regard to e-Bikes, has concluded; the result – e-Bikes are here to stay.

The rules being introduced, limits the maximum weight of an e-Bike to 120 kilograms (264.552 pounds) , requires a maximum braking distance of nine (9) metres (29.53 feet) and prohibit any modifications to the bike’s motor that would create speeds greater than 32 kilometres per hour (19.8848 mph).

All e-Bike riders must wear bicycle or motorcycle approved helmets, be a minimum of sixteen (16) years old and will be subjected to the same traffic laws as bicyclists. If an e-Bike rider is under the age of 16 or is riding an e-bike without wearing an approved helmet, they will face fines ranging anywhere from $60 to $500. For all other traffic offences, e-Bike riders will be subject to the same penalties as cyclists (see page for other fines).

e-Bikes are legally entitled to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other traffic in Ontario. The Province is giving the municipalities the ability to decide where e-Bikes may or may not be allowed to travel (streets, bike lanes and trails).

The advantages to the e-Bike are as follows:

  • You don’t need a licence
  • You don’t need costly insurance
  • You must wear a helmet
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to ride one
  • You can ride you e-Bike in “bicycle lanes”
  • You can pedal or press a button and travel at 32 km/h
  • Don’t “drink and drive” or you will be criminally charged
  • An e-Bike or Power-Assisted Bicycle is defined in section 2 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Canada).

    e-Bikes – if you lost your licence due to a Criminal Code infraction such as impaired driving, you are not allowed to ride an e-Bike. If you are caught riding one, with a suspended licence, you will be ticketed with “Driving while Disqualified” charges. See story

    e-Bikes cost anywhere from $1,000.00 to $ 2,500.00 in Ontario.

    See the story in the Star.

    Update: December 11, 2009 – see Ontario Regulation 475/09 New Power & Motor- Assisted Bicycle Legislation.

    Update: April 19, 2010 – Bikes over Motor Vehicles

    Update: April 23, 2010 – Bike messenger receives a $325.00 ticket when she travels through a red light on her bike.

    Update: June 10, 2010 – What are the rules about Drinking and Biking?

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