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City Amending By-Laws To Ban E-Bikes and Folding Bikes from Sidewalks

E-bikes, or “power assisted bicycles” are relatively new additions to the streetscape. So much so, that the City of Toronto by-laws do not specifically ban them from riding on sidewalks (as regular bikes are).

The City is looking into changing this… and will be discussing it at the June 3 meeting (PDF link) of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:

The General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the City Solicitor, be requested to report on the necessary amendments to City By-laws to prohibit the use of “power-assisted bicycles” on City sidewalks, and that the report include alternative ways to enforce the proposed by-law.

They’ll also be discussing updating the by-laws to address adults riding bikes with small wheels (folding and BMX bikes, I’m assuming) riding on sidewalks.

The General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with the City Solicitor, be requested to report on potential amendments to City By-laws to address the challenge of adult cyclists riding bicycles with a wheel diameter of less than 61 centimetres on City sidewalks.

View more on page 24 of the Agenda of the June 3rd meeting (PDF file).

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