CycleToronto has a great rundown of what the city’s proposal to allow “e-bikes” in bikelanes will mean for Toronto’s cyclists. Be sure and click through and send an email to the Public Works Committee about why this is a misguided proposal.
This Thursday, members of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee will consider a set of recommendations to change the rules around where e-bikes are permitted in Toronto.
We’re supportive of e-bikes as an alternative to larger, less environmentally friendly motor vehicles, especially for people with impaired mobility.
We welcome Recommendation 1 to allow power-assisted bicycles which weigh less than 40kg and require pedaling for propulsion (“pedelecs”) in multi-use trails, cycle tracks and bicycle lanes.
But we’re concerned about Recommendation 2, which would allow electric scooters in all painted bicycle lanes across the City.
We support the MTO and Transport Canada addressing Recommendation 4, to split the existing power-assisted bicycles vehicle category into e-scooter and pedelec type vehicles, before the City considers the recommendation to allow them to drive in bicycle lanes.
Email details and more info: Electric scooters in bike lanes? Write Public Works now! | Cycle Toronto.Wed, Feb 24: Come to the Toronto Bike Awards!