Not a pedal bike, not a scooter and definitely not a motorcycle, e-bikes seem to be causing some confusion about how this new form of transportation should be regulated.
Currently in Toronto, here are some key rules for e-bikes:
- You have to be 16 years old to drive one
- You can’t ride in bike lanes
- You have to wear a helmet
But unlike scooters, e-bikes don’t require a licence or insurance.
Unfortunately for e-bike riders, I don’t think a lot of people like them. For drivers, they are slow in their lanes (they can only go a max of 32 km/h). For cyclists, it’s frustrating when they end up in your bike lanes because it’s illegal and could be dangerous.
CBC featured an interesting video on e-bikes yesterday, showing that some are completely unaware about the rules of the road. Watch it here.
For the most part, I think e-bikes are stuck in this weird place, and both cyclists and drivers are frustrated by them.
If you ride an e-bike, I’d love to hear from you and learn more about your perspective.