Love 'em or hate 'em, e-bikes have been a hot topic for discussion here.
The province has opened up the discussion of e-bikes, and where they fit into the regulatory framework in Ontario. This follows up on the Stakeholder meeting hosted by MTO on June 16th, and means that everyone can tell the province exactly how they feel the e-bikes pilot has been going, and what how the province should be handling these things going forward. You can through the website and also read the backgrounder.
E-Bike Safety Concerns:
- E-bikes are silent (conventional bicycles generate noise from pedalling and chains);
- Ease with which maximum motor speed can be increased through modifications;
- Absence of standards/requirements for e-bike electrical components;
- View that e-bikes can be operated by those with suspended licences to circumvent impaired driving penalties;
- Sharing roads and bicycle paths with pedestrians and cyclists, given that some e-bikes are wider, longer and heavier than regular bicycles;
- Inadequate braking systems, particularly those found on the larger/heavier e-bikes;
- E-bikes resembling scooters cause confusion as to where they fit within the regulatory scheme on the part of law enforcement, municipalities and the general public;
- No requirement for licensing/registration/insurance; and
- Maneuverability and stability compromised due to small tires.
As we can direct our thoughts straight to the decision makers, I hope that we bring some other hot topics here for discussion.