Are Electric Bikes Legal In Canada?

March 28, 2019
Are Electric Bikes Legal in Canada?

We still get lots of questions about whether it is legal to ride your electric bike in Canada. We wrote this article two years ago, and it remains a popular resource. In 2019, it is a moot point when Pedegos are being ridden by law-enforcers and law-abiders all over the country! Canadian police officers are and municipal governments are . So it is not so much whether you can ride an electric bicycle, but where you can ride your Pedego, that requires further explanation.

In this update we still answer the question are electric bikes legal in Canada and explain the legislation each province has enacted around ebikes. Then we delve into the detail of local policies for use of electric bicycles on non-motorised and recreational trails.

Are electric bikes legal in Canada?

The short answer to this question is “absolutely!” Current laws around electric bikes were first enacted by the federal government in 2000 under Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations and classifies ebikes as “Power Assisted bicycles.” This is an important distinction because “electric bikes” can sometimes be confused with scooters and electric motorcycles. There are three key characteristics of a Power Assisted Bicycle:

– It has operable pedals

– It has an attached electric motor of 500 watts or less

– It has a maximum speed capability of 32 km/hr from the motor over level ground

Power assisted bicycles cannot have a motor that runs on gasoline but they can have three wheels, such as the new Pedego Trike. Also, all electric bikes in the Pedego Canada product roster do not have motors that exceed 500W and are limited to a maximum speed of 32 km/hr. The law further states owners of electric bicycles do not require a license to operate them nor is special insurance or vehicle registration required.
That’s the easy answer to the question “are electric bikes legal in Canada?” But it gets more interesting because the federal law stipulates that provinces and municipalities have the right to restrict power assisted bicycles from some roads, lanes, paths and thoroughfares. Therefore, in order to best understand are electric bikes legal in Canada, we need to look at Provincial requirements and then municipal laws.

British Columbia
British Columbia

Electric bikes are classified as “motor assisted cycles” in British Columbia and, like federal regulations, must have operable pedals, a 500W battery or less and a top speed of no more than 32 km/hr. The legislation goes on to stipulate riders of electric bikes must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet and the bike’s motor must disengage when:

– the operator stops pedaling

– an accelerator controller is released

– or a brake is applied.

Alberta
Alberta

E-bikes are referred to by Alberta legislation as “power bicycles” and the laws around them are consistent with the federal definition of “power-assisted bicycle.” However, the province stipulates that operators must be 12 years of age or older and all operators are required to wear a helmet. A passenger is permitted only if the e-bike is equipped with a seat designated for that passenger.

Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan

Power assisted bicycles are classified in two categories in Saskatchewan. An electric assist bicycle is a two or three-wheeled bicycle that uses pedals and a motor at the same time only. A power cycle uses either pedals and motor or motor only. Riders of power cycles need to be 16 and require at least a learner’s driving licence. The electric assist bicycle does not require a licence. Helmets are required for both.

Manitoba
Manitoba

Legislation in Manitoba for electric bikes is a bit different than the federal government’s. In that province electric bikes can also be classified as scooters, mopeds or mobility vehicles depending on the power of the engine used and its top speed. If the engine on the electric bike does not exceed 50 km/hr, the rider is not required to have a motorcycle licence or any specific training. However, the operator is required to be 16 years of age and be enrolled in some stage of the Class 5 driver’s licence graduated licensing process. (Class 5 is the most common form of license and allows the holder to drive a normal vehicle.)

Ontario
Ontario

Riders of power assisted bicycles in Ontario must follow the rules and regulations for normal bicycles, wear an approved bike helmet and be at least 16 years old. Other legislation abides by the federal laws but goes on to stipulate ebikes can weigh no more than 120 kilograms (265 pounds), require a maximum braking distance of nine metres and prohibit any modifications to the bike’s motor that would create speeds greater than 32 kilometres per hour. E-bikes are not permitted on 400-series highways, expressways or other areas where bicycles are not allowed.

Quebec
Quebec

In Quebec power-assisted bicycles are permitted on the roads but riders have to be 14 years old and if they’re under the age of 18, must have a moped or scooter license.

New Brunswick
New Brunswick

The province’s “policy on electric motor driven cycles and electric bicycles” abides by the federal legislation but goes on to stipulate that in order to be allowed on the road an ebike requires wheel rims larger than 22cm (9″), a seat at least 68cm (27″) off the ground and, if travelling at night, a headlight is required.

Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act defines a power assisted bicycle as a bike with an electric motor of 500W or less with two wheels (one of which is at least 35cm or 13″) or four wheels (two of which are at least 350cm). PABs are permitted on the province’s roadways as long as the rider is wearing an approved bicycle helmet with chinstrap engaged.

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island

Currently ebikes are classified as “Motor Assisted Pedal Bicycles” and are treated as mopeds in PEI. As such there are a lot more rules and regulations around them. Riders require a license and registration and have to be 16 years of age or older.

New Foundland
Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador legislation around ebikes follows the federal laws for power assisted bicycles.

Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavet
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

The northern territories also follow the federal laws for power assisted bicycles.

That covers the provinces, but what about local municipalities? Local bylaws have the power to restrict access of multi-use bike paths and bike lanes for riders of electric bicycles. For instance, electric bicycles were once banned from bicycle paths and lanes in Toronto. However, the city changed its regulations and stipulated, “E-bikes which are similar to bicycles (“Pedelecs”) are considered to be bicycles by the municipality of Toronto, and may be used on all types of cycling infrastructure. This includes painted bike lanes, Cycle Tracks (separated bicycle lanes) and multi-use trails where regular bicycles are allowed. By it’s definition in the Toronto Municipal Code, a “pedelec” must weigh less than 40kg and requires pedaling for propulsion.” Toronto is just one example of how city councils are realizing the great benefits of cycling and how electric bikes can help promote the lifestyle.

In general, federally permitted power-assisted bicycles can be ridden everywhere a normal bike can go, unless municipalities or land managers have implemented a local ban. The opposite can happen as well, when land managers make a policy to allow electric bikes. Parks Canada and Recreation Sites and Trails BC have done this recently, giving electric bikes access to a huge area in British Columbia and Alberta. The National Capital Commission is developing of new rules for Gatineau Park in Ottawa (where previously electric bikes were banned from natural trails).

BANFF NATIONAL PARK, Alberta

Where: electric bikes are permitted on the Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff, and on all roadways within Banff National Park. At present ebikes are not permitted on other trails in the park. Read more here.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK, Alberta

Where: All trails with a few exceptions for groomed winter trails. Read more here.

GATINEAU PARK, Ontario

Where: Champlain Lookout; 40km Loop; Voyageurs Pathway. The NCC is developing new rules for electric bicycles, standby for an update!

RECREATION SITES AND TRAILS, British Columbia

Where: On all established recreation trails unless specifically prohibited. About 600 trails managed by the province. Read more here.

While making these policies, both Parks Canada and the BC Government stipulated that electric bicycles must be capable of being propelled by muscular power only; or provide assistance only when the rider is pedaling. Their intention is to draw a line between bikes with throttles and those without.

Pedego owners may wonder if their Pedego with a throttle could be banned from certain trails? Thankfully no. Pedego Electric Bikes have motors of 500W or less, pedals that work, no more motor-input above 32km/h, and throttles that can be switched off. They can fit the definition of a “Class 1” e-bike which applies in other countries.

Pedego has a decade of experience with US regulations (the segregation of ebikes into three classes comes from south of the border) and it makes an aftermarket part that eliminates the throttle. This throttle connector, a small plug inserted near the handlebars, allows all Pedegos apart from the Comfort Cruiser, Ford Super Cruiser and Tandem to meet the strictest definitions.

For the record, we don’t agree with the implication that a throttle makes an electric bike worse. It doesn’t make an electric bike faster, more powerful, louder, or impact a trail any differently to when the motor is applied through the pedals. We think throttles are important for people who can’t pedal, and they’re handy even when you are pedaling. Read more about the advantages of throttles here.

However, we respect the intention of the “no throttle bike” ruling. It attempts to protect what we love about riding on trails: natural surroundings and the joy of cycling in peace and quiet.

Many cyclists using an electric boost want to ride on trails without breaking any rules, so we’ll keep you updated on any further information on where you are allowed to ride your Pedego in Canada.
 

GaryRFM

Member
New sign's on Toronto bike path's

Electric bicycles are classified as "motorized recreational vehicles" under Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 608. Therefore, they are NOT permitted on bike paths or foot paths in City of Toronto Parks.

They are only permitted in parks that allow vehicular traffic, excluding service roads and areas posted prohibiting public vehicular access. Electric powered devices are allowed to be used by an individual due to a disability, in section 2 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, S.O. 2005, c.11.

Motorized vehicles (including e-bikes and snowmobiles) may not be used on park multi-use paths. If a motorized vehicle is used on a park path, the rider/driver may be fined by a bylaw enforcement officer. The Waterfront Multi-Use path, Don Valley & Humber Multi-use paths, are all considered parklands. The new railpath & Hydro corridor trails are considered linear parks.

Toronto Municipal Code - Chapter 608 - Parks (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter to prohibit and regulate activities in City parks) (see definition of "Motorized Recreational Vehicle" at beginning of bylaw, also 608-30)


If you wish to file a complaint about an e-bike in a City of Toronto multi-use path, please contact Municipal Licensing & Standards Bylaw Enforcement.
 

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Ken M

Well-Known Member
Funny that we in the US think our ebike regulations are not well thought out....I would say the Canadian legislators failed to finish grade school based on the regulations they adopted. Have fun in Canada being stuck on a 500W ebike at 32kph....may as well walk.
 

Ken M

Well-Known Member
March 28, 2019
Are Electric Bikes Legal in Canada?

We still get lots of questions about whether it is legal to ride your electric bike in Canada. We wrote this article two years ago, and it remains a popular resource. In 2019, it is a moot point when Pedegos are being ridden by law-enforcers and law-abiders all over the country! Canadian police officers are and municipal governments are . So it is not so much whether you can ride an electric bicycle, but where you can ride your Pedego, that requires further explanation.

In this update we still answer the question are electric bikes legal in Canada and explain the legislation each province has enacted around ebikes. Then we delve into the detail of local policies for use of electric bicycles on non-motorised and recreational trails.

Are electric bikes legal in Canada?

The short answer to this question is “absolutely!” Current laws around electric bikes were first enacted by the federal government in 2000 under Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations and classifies ebikes as “Power Assisted bicycles.” This is an important distinction because “electric bikes” can sometimes be confused with scooters and electric motorcycles. There are three key characteristics of a Power Assisted Bicycle:

– It has operable pedals

– It has an attached electric motor of 500 watts or less

– It has a maximum speed capability of 32 km/hr from the motor over level ground

Power assisted bicycles cannot have a motor that runs on gasoline but they can have three wheels, such as the new Pedego Trike. Also, all electric bikes in the Pedego Canada product roster do not have motors that exceed 500W and are limited to a maximum speed of 32 km/hr. The law further states owners of electric bicycles do not require a license to operate them nor is special insurance or vehicle registration required.
That’s the easy answer to the question “are electric bikes legal in Canada?” But it gets more interesting because the federal law stipulates that provinces and municipalities have the right to restrict power assisted bicycles from some roads, lanes, paths and thoroughfares. Therefore, in order to best understand are electric bikes legal in Canada, we need to look at Provincial requirements and then municipal laws.

British Columbia
British Columbia

Electric bikes are classified as “motor assisted cycles” in British Columbia and, like federal regulations, must have operable pedals, a 500W battery or less and a top speed of no more than 32 km/hr. The legislation goes on to stipulate riders of electric bikes must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet and the bike’s motor must disengage when:

– the operator stops pedaling

– an accelerator controller is released

– or a brake is applied.

Alberta
Alberta

E-bikes are referred to by Alberta legislation as “power bicycles” and the laws around them are consistent with the federal definition of “power-assisted bicycle.” However, the province stipulates that operators must be 12 years of age or older and all operators are required to wear a helmet. A passenger is permitted only if the e-bike is equipped with a seat designated for that passenger.

Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan

Power assisted bicycles are classified in two categories in Saskatchewan. An electric assist bicycle is a two or three-wheeled bicycle that uses pedals and a motor at the same time only. A power cycle uses either pedals and motor or motor only. Riders of power cycles need to be 16 and require at least a learner’s driving licence. The electric assist bicycle does not require a licence. Helmets are required for both.

Manitoba
Manitoba

Legislation in Manitoba for electric bikes is a bit different than the federal government’s. In that province electric bikes can also be classified as scooters, mopeds or mobility vehicles depending on the power of the engine used and its top speed. If the engine on the electric bike does not exceed 50 km/hr, the rider is not required to have a motorcycle licence or any specific training. However, the operator is required to be 16 years of age and be enrolled in some stage of the Class 5 driver’s licence graduated licensing process. (Class 5 is the most common form of license and allows the holder to drive a normal vehicle.)

Ontario
Ontario

Riders of power assisted bicycles in Ontario must follow the rules and regulations for normal bicycles, wear an approved bike helmet and be at least 16 years old. Other legislation abides by the federal laws but goes on to stipulate ebikes can weigh no more than 120 kilograms (265 pounds), require a maximum braking distance of nine metres and prohibit any modifications to the bike’s motor that would create speeds greater than 32 kilometres per hour. E-bikes are not permitted on 400-series highways, expressways or other areas where bicycles are not allowed.

Quebec
Quebec

In Quebec power-assisted bicycles are permitted on the roads but riders have to be 14 years old and if they’re under the age of 18, must have a moped or scooter license.

New Brunswick
New Brunswick

The province’s “policy on electric motor driven cycles and electric bicycles” abides by the federal legislation but goes on to stipulate that in order to be allowed on the road an ebike requires wheel rims larger than 22cm (9″), a seat at least 68cm (27″) off the ground and, if travelling at night, a headlight is required.

Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act defines a power assisted bicycle as a bike with an electric motor of 500W or less with two wheels (one of which is at least 35cm or 13″) or four wheels (two of which are at least 350cm). PABs are permitted on the province’s roadways as long as the rider is wearing an approved bicycle helmet with chinstrap engaged.

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island

Currently ebikes are classified as “Motor Assisted Pedal Bicycles” and are treated as mopeds in PEI. As such there are a lot more rules and regulations around them. Riders require a license and registration and have to be 16 years of age or older.

New Foundland
Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador legislation around ebikes follows the federal laws for power assisted bicycles.

Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavet
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

The northern territories also follow the federal laws for power assisted bicycles.

That covers the provinces, but what about local municipalities? Local bylaws have the power to restrict access of multi-use bike paths and bike lanes for riders of electric bicycles. For instance, electric bicycles were once banned from bicycle paths and lanes in Toronto. However, the city changed its regulations and stipulated, “E-bikes which are similar to bicycles (“Pedelecs”) are considered to be bicycles by the municipality of Toronto, and may be used on all types of cycling infrastructure. This includes painted bike lanes, Cycle Tracks (separated bicycle lanes) and multi-use trails where regular bicycles are allowed. By it’s definition in the Toronto Municipal Code, a “pedelec” must weigh less than 40kg and requires pedaling for propulsion.” Toronto is just one example of how city councils are realizing the great benefits of cycling and how electric bikes can help promote the lifestyle.

In general, federally permitted power-assisted bicycles can be ridden everywhere a normal bike can go, unless municipalities or land managers have implemented a local ban. The opposite can happen as well, when land managers make a policy to allow electric bikes. Parks Canada and Recreation Sites and Trails BC have done this recently, giving electric bikes access to a huge area in British Columbia and Alberta. The National Capital Commission is developing of new rules for Gatineau Park in Ottawa (where previously electric bikes were banned from natural trails).

BANFF NATIONAL PARK, Alberta

Where: electric bikes are permitted on the Legacy Trail from Canmore to Banff, and on all roadways within Banff National Park. At present ebikes are not permitted on other trails in the park. Read more here.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK, Alberta

Where: All trails with a few exceptions for groomed winter trails. Read more here.

GATINEAU PARK, Ontario

Where: Champlain Lookout; 40km Loop; Voyageurs Pathway. The NCC is developing new rules for electric bicycles, standby for an update!

RECREATION SITES AND TRAILS, British Columbia

Where: On all established recreation trails unless specifically prohibited. About 600 trails managed by the province. Read more here.

While making these policies, both Parks Canada and the BC Government stipulated that electric bicycles must be capable of being propelled by muscular power only; or provide assistance only when the rider is pedaling. Their intention is to draw a line between bikes with throttles and those without.

Pedego owners may wonder if their Pedego with a throttle could be banned from certain trails? Thankfully no. Pedego Electric Bikes have motors of 500W or less, pedals that work, no more motor-input above 32km/h, and throttles that can be switched off. They can fit the definition of a “Class 1” e-bike which applies in other countries.

Pedego has a decade of experience with US regulations (the segregation of ebikes into three classes comes from south of the border) and it makes an aftermarket part that eliminates the throttle. This throttle connector, a small plug inserted near the handlebars, allows all Pedegos apart from the Comfort Cruiser, Ford Super Cruiser and Tandem to meet the strictest definitions.

For the record, we don’t agree with the implication that a throttle makes an electric bike worse. It doesn’t make an electric bike faster, more powerful, louder, or impact a trail any differently to when the motor is applied through the pedals. We think throttles are important for people who can’t pedal, and they’re handy even when you are pedaling. Read more about the advantages of throttles here.

However, we respect the intention of the “no throttle bike” ruling. It attempts to protect what we love about riding on trails: natural surroundings and the joy of cycling in peace and quiet.

Many cyclists using an electric boost want to ride on trails without breaking any rules, so we’ll keep you updated on any further information on where you are allowed to ride your Pedego in Canada.

Do Canadians really believe that ebikes cause more trail damage or wear? By nature any trails is "damage" to the environment even the hiking trails. By far the most significant factor to trail damage is erosion from heavy rains. I'm sure some Canadian law maker is sitting at home taking it easy on their couch thinking they saved bike trails by keep ebikes off them or by limiting the drive system wattage to 500W (most of the ebike shipping into Canada probably peak about that limit so there is already legal precedent that this law maker got too lazy and comfortable and his efforts are obsolete.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
Do Canadians really believe that ebikes cause more trail damage or wear? By nature any trails is "damage" to the environment even the hiking trails. By far the most significant factor to trail damage is erosion from heavy rains. I'm sure some Canadian law maker is sitting at home taking it easy on their couch thinking they saved bike trails by keep ebikes off them or by limiting the drive system wattage to 500W (most of the ebike shipping into Canada probably peak about that limit so there is already legal precedent that this law maker got too lazy and comfortable and his efforts are obsolete.
Yes, ebikes are horrible for environment.

The environmental impact caused by ebikes is catastrophic and it needs to stop.
The 500W mid drive is powerful enough to destroy Rocky Mountains.

 

Ken M

Well-Known Member
Yes, ebikes are horrible for environment.

The environmental impact caused by ebikes is catastrophic and it needs to stop.
The 500W mid drive is powerful enough to destroy Rocky Mountains.


It's just non-nonsensical how law makers go about creating regulations ... I'm sure 95% of the time it's the function of lobby pressure and favors owed but you would think they would adopt policies that are at least not embarrassing to sign their names on.

If a human generates more than 500W for at least short bursts it difficult to claim a 500W ebike is going to cause irreparable ecological damage. :)

I actually comment to some of these threads hoping to entice a lawyer or law maker to engage in a debate. Lawyers do not express opinions unless being paid to do so.
 

Cyklefanatic

Well-Known Member
I am a little late to this thread but the issue with the Toronto regulations are severe crowding on park trails. With a population nearing 2,000,000 and very few parks the core of the city is always congested. I occasionally ride the Toronto trails along the lake and I can tell you that enforcement of the no ebike rules is zero. I once had a cop ask me about my ebike when I was riding illegally on a trail. He couldn’t have cared less about it.
 

Bruce 55

New Member
Wither or not the cop could care less is mute ... you can have idiot’s without power or with power on trails ..pathways ... I want an ebike because I’m 65 with bad knee’s and when I need an assist it’s there or if I get winded ... it’s being responsible ... the rules need to say anyone causing disrespect to others and not obeying command courtesy rules can be fined ... wonder if Trudeau is behind this ?? LOL
 

RandallS

Well-Known Member
It would sure be nice if common sense would be more common. I can pretty well guarantee that behaving like a jerk on a bike trail shared with others will get you in trouble on an ebike or an analog bike. I suspect however that if you're on an ebike, that trouble could be more severe.

I have been riding an ebike on city trails here in Calgary for 10 years, and my bike is clearly electric. I have had one negative comment, but that was a Lycra clad buffoon who was a menace and I called him on it. It would have been an absolute pleasure had he called the authorities, as I was obeying all the rules and he was not. Multiple witnesses were available.

We have some serious issues in many countries whereby more and more unenforceable rules are being written when the existing ones, if properly enforced with some "common sense" would suffice.

Stepping back down off of my soapbox...
Stay safe! 🚲
 

Cyklefanatic

Well-Known Member
New sign's on Toronto bike path's

Electric bicycles are classified as "motorized recreational vehicles" under Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 608. Therefore, they are NOT permitted on bike paths or foot paths in City of Toronto Parks.

They are only permitted in parks that allow vehicular traffic, excluding service roads and areas posted prohibiting public vehicular access. Electric powered devices are allowed to be used by an individual due to a disability, in section 2 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, S.O. 2005, c.11.

Motorized vehicles (including e-bikes and snowmobiles) may not be used on park multi-use paths. If a motorized vehicle is used on a park path, the rider/driver may be fined by a bylaw enforcement officer. The Waterfront Multi-Use path, Don Valley & Humber Multi-use paths, are all considered parklands. The new railpath & Hydro corridor trails are considered linear parks.

Toronto Municipal Code - Chapter 608 - Parks (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter to prohibit and regulate activities in City parks) (see definition of "Motorized Recreational Vehicle" at beginning of bylaw, also 608-30)


If you wish to file a complaint about an e-bike in a City of Toronto multi-use path, please contact Municipal Licensing & Standards Bylaw Enforcement.
Although Toronto wrote those bylaws enforcement is zero. Cops have better things to spend time on. I ride Toronto paths almost every day no issues. If your stupid and run someone over then I am sure they will use those bylaws against you. Otherwise nobody cares.
 

Ebiker33

Well-Known Member
So if you are going 20 km/hr well under the limit with a throttle, what harm is there ?

Also if you ghost/clown peddle with a throttle will police or anybody even know ?

The class 2 law is stupid, it needs to be a speed law and that's it, mix use trails get a posted speed limit and it applies to all traffic even regular bikes.
We have speed limits for roads, why not for trails.
Watt limitations are also stupid, what if I am trying to climb a 30% grade hill at 15 km/hr. why is higher Watts so bad to do that?

It's like saying I can't have a 300hp car because I might break the speed limit in 100 km/hr zone.
 

PNWRich

New Member
So if you are going 20 km/hr well under the limit with a throttle, what harm is there ?

Also if you ghost/clown peddle with a throttle will police or anybody even know ?

The class 2 law is stupid, it needs to be a speed law and that's it, mix use trails get a posted speed limit and it applies to all traffic even regular bikes.
We have speed limits for roads, why not for trails.
Watt limitations are also stupid, what if I am trying to climb a 30% grade hill at 15 km/hr. why is higher Watts so bad to do that?

It's like saying I can't have a 300hp car because I might break the speed limit in 100 km/hr zone.
Yes. Agree. I’d like to take my bike 28mph up to Canada, be a good visitor and obey the speed laws etc. But I worry the border agents will see my bike on my car rack and say no go. Disappointment.
 

Ebiker33

Well-Known Member
Yes. Agree. I’d like to take my bike 28mph up to Canada, be a good visitor and obey the speed laws etc. But I worry the border agents will see my bike on my car rack and say no go. Disappointment.

Having crossed the border many times coming into Canada, if you have a rifle and say you are going hunting in Alaska they will be so fixated on the "gun issue" your Ebike won't get a second look ;)
Canadian border guards go for the low hanging fruit.
But just to be sure reprogram your display to 32 Km/hr and ONLY IF they ask tell them you did that to be in compliance with Canadian law.
I would bet money they would not stop you after that.
 

PNWRich

New Member
Having crossed the border many times coming into Canada, if you have a rifle and say you are going hunting in Alaska they will be so fixated on the "gun issue" your Ebike won't get a second look ;)
Canadian border guards go for the low hanging fruit.
But just to be sure reprogram your display to 32 Km/hr and ONLY IF they ask tell them you did that to be in compliance with Canadian law.
I would bet money they would not stop you after that.
I’ll have to look into the reprogramming. I would swear on whatever book they’d like, that I wouldn’t bike faster than 32km and mean it!
 

Ebiker33

Well-Known Member
I’ll have to look into the reprogramming. I would swear on whatever book they’d like, that I wouldn’t bike faster than 32km and mean it!
You need the password for your display, and it' usually not in the manual, most better displays give you the ability to do that, mine is a Sondors and I can put it up or down, mine is locked at 32KM as per the law, I don't need more speed just more power to climb hills. Funny thing mine came locked at 20.55mph from the factory which was 33 km/hr, so I reduced it by just 1km.
 

RandallS

Well-Known Member
Right now it's a moot point anyways, as they've extended the border closure another month. The way things are going, who knows when there will be north south recreational travel again. If the infection rates in the US stay on their current trajectory, it could be a while.

I've a trip planned for October from here in Alberta to go out to Vancouver Island to assist my mother in law with some technology and household issues, and I'm not exactly holding my breath on that either.

If we do go, I expect some negative reactions from the residents as some of them (not all) can be be extremely negative towards outsiders (and I don't intend to tape my birth certificate to the inside of my windshield)...

On the way out and back I'll be stopping in the Okanagan to do some cycling with a friend. We'll be backing into their driveway to hide the Alberta plates (no front plates here).
 

Ebiker33

Well-Known Member
Right now it's a moot point anyways, as they've extended the border closure another month. The way things are going, who knows when there will be north south recreational travel again. If the infection rates in the US stay on their current trajectory, it could be a while.

I've a trip planned for October from here in Alberta to go out to Vancouver Island to assist my mother in law with some technology and household issues, and I'm not exactly holding my breath on that either.

If we do go, I expect some negative reactions from the residents as some of them (not all) can be be extremely negative towards outsiders (and I don't intend to tape my birth certificate to the inside of my windshield)...

On the way out and back I'll be stopping in the Okanagan to do some cycling with a friend. We'll be backing into their driveway to hide the Alberta plates (no front plates here).
Vancouver Island is ok with Alberta plates, tons of people are moving here from Alberta for better weather and work anyways, no big deal to us.....but if we see Washington state plates that's a different story.:eek:
 

Gbart

Member
New sign's on Toronto bike path's

Electric bicycles are classified as "motorized recreational vehicles" under Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 608. Therefore, they are NOT permitted on bike paths or foot paths in City of Toronto Parks.

They are only permitted in parks that allow vehicular traffic, excluding service roads and areas posted prohibiting public vehicular access. Electric powered devices are allowed to be used by an individual due to a disability, in section 2 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, S.O. 2005, c.11.

Motorized vehicles (including e-bikes and snowmobiles) may not be used on park multi-use paths. If a motorized vehicle is used on a park path, the rider/driver may be fined by a bylaw enforcement officer. The Waterfront Multi-Use path, Don Valley & Humber Multi-use paths, are all considered parklands. The new railpath & Hydro corridor trails are considered linear parks.

Toronto Municipal Code - Chapter 608 - Parks (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter to prohibit and regulate activities in City parks) (see definition of "Motorized Recreational Vehicle" at beginning of bylaw, also 608-30)


If you wish to file a complaint about an e-bike in a City of Toronto multi-use path, please contact Municipal Licensing & Standards Bylaw Enforcement.

This is an old post which I thought needed some clarification. The sign is a bit misleading and I have not seen anyone clarify the meaning of the sign. Toronto has clarified the definition in bylaw 608-1 and considers a pedelec a bicycle which means they fall under 608-29 and not 608-30. This means then that the sign is not applicable to pedelecs on the trails. This is the definition from 608-1;

”TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 608

BICYCLE - Includes a bicycle, tricycle, unicycle, and a power-assisted bicycle which weighs less than 40 kilograms and requires pedalling for propulsion ("pedelec"), or other similar vehicle, but does not include any vehicle or bicycle capable of being propelled or driven solely by any power other than muscular power.3 [Amended 2014-02-20 by By-law 124-2014]”