Learn Everything You Need to Know as an E-Biker Owner and Rider
E-Bikes or electric power assisted bicycles have become very popular lately and are becoming more diverse as time goes on. From a regular bicycle with an attached electric helper motor to scooters of all different types, an e-bike can look very different from one kind to the next. Regardless of how your e-bike looks, there are a few simple rules that must be followed for you to qualify as an e-bike operator and to avoid any potential fines or violations. To be classified as an e-bike or an e-scooter in the province of Ontario there are certain specifications that must be in place:
- The e-bike must have a motor of 500 watts or less and cannot be able to exceed a speed of 32 km per hour on level ground.
- It must have peddles just as a normal bike has and they must be attached and operational. You cannot ride an e-bike on the road without peddles! Otherwise it will not be classified as an e-bike.
- Operators must be at least 16 years of age to drive an e-bike, and if your bike is equipped for carrying a passenger that passenger must also be at least 16 years of age.
- You must always wear an approved cycle helmet or motorcycle helmet when driving or being a passenger on an e-bike.
- Most important, just like in a car, drinking and operating and e-bike is totally prohibited. You can lose your license, lose your freedom, and face very hefty fines!
Not following any of these simple rules can end up with you being fined or charged for the violation. So know the rules of e-biking and be safe!