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E-Bike Legislation to be Discussed at Queen’s Park

In March (March 9, 11, and 23rd, to be exact), Queen’s Park will reviewing amendments (in Bill 126 – PDF file) to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act in public hearings, including amendments concerning “E-Bikes” or “Power Assisted Bicycles”, including what they are:

“power-assisted bicycle” means a bicycle that,

(a) is a power-assisted bicycle as defined in subsection2 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada),
(b) bears a label affixed by the manufacturer in com-pliance with the definition referred to in clause (a),
(c) has affixed to it pedals that are operable, and
(d) is capable of being propelled solely by muscular power;

[summary courtesy of Cyclometer]

Other parts of the E-Bike amendment include provisions that people under 16 can’t operate them, that they must have all the proper lights and safety equipment, and that helmets are mandatory.

You can read the amendments for yourself in the online document (PDF file) here. It’s the first paragraph under “Miscellaneous Amendments” on page “iii”.

My first impression is that they’re trying to legislate E-Bikes as if they are like motorcycles. That’s applicable for some types of E-Bikes (like the one pictured above), but definitely not all.

What do you think?

More info about times and dates of the hearings:

The Clerk’s Office has confirmed the details for the hearings. They are as follows:
The two sessions are scheduled for Feb 23rd and 25th, Toronto. When the house is in session, the meeting notices are posted the Thursday before the committee is going to meet. So in this case, you can expect the notice to be on the website on Thursday Feb 19th. Here is the link:

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_business.do?locale=en&BillID=2118&CommID=&ParlCommID=8856&BusinessType=Bill&detailPage=notices

Locations/times: Queen’s Park, Room 151, in the centre hall, off to side in grand staircase. Monday February 23rd will be 2 – 6pm, and Wednesday February 25th will be 4 – 6pm.

Things can rapidly change so it would be advisable to call the phone number 416-325-3509 or go into the link to ensure that the hearings are still taking place.

Written submissions are also being accepted until 12:00 noon on February 20th.

[info courtesy of Cyclometer]



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