In a move that is entirely consistent with Toronto giving higher priority to those who choose to get around our city with help of a motor, there are reports that City Staff are going to recommend that E-Bikes be allowed in bikelanes.
If you’re not moving under your own power, get out of the bikelanes. I don’t care if there is some by-law about it… I’m still going to yell at you to get out of it.
I’m not against E-bikes at all… I’d rather see people on E-bikes that in cars, and fullly expect that when I’m a senior I’ll use one if I have mobility problems. BUT, they should NOT be in bikelanes. Because they are NOT bikes.
In a move that seems guaranteed to invite backlash from cyclists, a newly released city staff report recommends that the city make it legal for owners of so-called e-bikes—those electric scooters with tiny, vestigial pedals—to ride in most bike lanes.
E-bikes have always suffered from a kind of identity problem. They’re heavier and faster than conventional bicycles, but they’re slightly too slow to keep pace with normal auto traffic. They’re street legal in Ontario, but city by-laws currently ban them from paths and bike lanes.