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Electric Bicycle (“e-bike”) Frequently Asked Questions

Ontario MOT / 05 November 2013

  1. What is a power-assisted bicycle (“e-bike”)?
  2. Why did Ontario place additional safety equipment requirements on e-bikes? Why was meeting the federal definition alone not sufficient?
  3. Is a power-assisted bicycle the same as an e-bike?
  4. Do all e-bikes look like bicycles? I have seen some that look like motor scooters being advertised as e-bikes.
  5. Why did the ministry decide to include scooter-style e-bikes in the definition of “bicycle”?
  6. What safety requirements in place for e-bikes?
  7. I have a scooter-style e-bike. Can I remove the pedals and stow them on the e-bike, such as in a storage compartment, to meet the requirement of “equipped with pedals?”
  8. Am I allowed to modify my e-bike so it can go faster than 32 km/h?
  9. My e-bike weighs more than 120 kg. Am I allowed to operate this vehicle in Ontario?
  10. What do I need to operate an e-bike?
  11. [ more… ]

BCAC e-Bike Presentation

At our public meeting on Sunday, Jan. 26, Tim Webb of the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee gave a very informative talk on e-bikes, describing the various models available and their benefits and disadvantages, as well as the laws that apply to e-bike use.

Tim’s complete presentation in PDF format — including a list of further resources — can be downloaded at this link.


E-Bikes Boost Bike Usage Among Elderly

Bike Europe / Jack Oortwijn / 23 January 2014

A striking effect is coming to light in a recent survey on mobility in The Netherlands. As there are now 1.3 million electric bicycles in use in the country the elderly (60+) that own an e-bike ride twice as much compared to the 60+ cyclists with a regular bike […]

On ownership of electric bikes, the survey reports that 5 percent of the total population in The Netherland owns an e-bike. In the age category of 60+ ownerships level stands at 10 percent. And that part of the population really use their pedal assisted models as they ride twice as much kilometers compared to the 60+ cyclists with a regular bike.


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