As Cornwall Ontario Ponders Regulations on E-Bikes – Interview with Police Chief Dan Parkinson – April 17, 2012

As Cornwall Ontario Ponders Regulations on E-Bikes – Interview with Police Chief Dan Parkinson – April 17, 2012

CFN –  E Bikes are booming across the world and here in Cornwall Ontario are under debate as to how to regulate them on city bike paths and in areas.    Right now they are in a grey area.

The big issue is modifications?   Do we want our police sniffing to see if a bike still has pedals or is modded to exceed speeds of over 50 KPH??

This video below shows an E Bike that hit an alleged speed of 103 KPH!!


I spoke with Cornwall Police Chief Dan Parkinson last week about e-bikes.   We also discussed some misconceptions about laws and use of bikes and E-Bikes.

Apologies for the video portion of the clip as we had a technical difficulty, but the audio was saves.

Even China is having issues with E-bikes with suggestions of  permits and regulations.

For most users E- Bikes are a terrific option.   You peddle as normal, but if you get tired or need assistance you just crank the handle and go.    I tested one out myself and it was wonderful.

The issues become when users cross the lines and mod them or drive them in an abusive manner.

What do you think?  Should E-Bikes be regulated and licensed?   Should they be banned from certain areas?

You can post your comments below.

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6 Comments on "As Cornwall Ontario Ponders Regulations on E-Bikes – Interview with Police Chief Dan Parkinson – April 17, 2012"

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How many tires did you pop Jamie? (Attempt at humor)

now there are pros and cons of ebikes yes alot of ebikes are used in cornwall the main concern for me is raods ebikes are to slow to be on any road they dont move fast so the can get out of the way makeing more chance of accidents now why were having a debait on if they shold go on bike paths well i dont see the point on banning them were looking at it all wrong were thinking oh well because its electric it sholdent be on them well here is a question road bikes or raceing bikes… Read more »

Surely the City is not relying on the Chief for legal advice? He admits the laws are complex (to him) when the laws are actually simple. It appears he is unfamiliar with Ontario Regulation 369/09, where Section 7 proscribes “A power-assisted bicycle must not be ridden on, driven or operated unless it is in good working order.” (for example, with pedals removed)… for which the fine is $85.

keelan has it right. City pathways just need a 20kmh speed limit for ALL vehicles. Banning and restricting ebikes because of irrational fears and wild speculation would be a travesty.

Safety and Equipment Requirements 6. What safety requirements are in place for e-bikes? Aren’t they, particularly those resembling scooters, heavier than conventional bicycles? Can’t they accelerate from a stopped-position much faster? To operate an e-bike on Ontario’s public roads, the following vehicle safety and operator requirements are in place: E-bike must not weigh more than 120 kg (includes the weight of bike and battery). All operators and passengers must be at least 16 years of age. All operators and passengers must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmets. All electrical terminals must be completely covered. Two independent braking systems consistent… Read more »

Operating Requirements
9. What do I need to operate an e-bike?

To operate an e-bike:

No driver’s licence is required
No written test is required
No vehicle registration or plate is required
No motor vehicle liability insurance is required
All operators/riders/passengers must be 16 years of age and older.
All persons operating an e-bike are required to wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet.

All operators/riders/passengers must be 16 years of age and older

mike welsh
i think if you just give it more time .. its not nessary to start forcing these folks to get a licence , registration or insurance. . yes the ebikes are slow .. so are bicycles .. ???? if you really want to get the owners attention , how about creating some positive PR prehaps offering owners workshops in safe operation of thier scooters / wheelchairs .. ?the transportation is used by a lot of folks on disability and pensions .. do you think they can really aford that .. they didnt buy a 5000 dollar yamaha .. and for… Read more »