Posted by: energyblogwalter | October 6, 2006

Success! e-bikes now legal in Ontario

Success! e-bikes now legal in Ontario.

Electric bikes get street legal

“””In a three-year pilot project announced yesterday, electric bikes, which range in price from $600 to $2,000, are legal anywhere regular bikes are ridden.

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Cansfield, appointed in May, came to the job from the Ministry of Energy where, before becoming minister, she worked on conservation initiatives.
Some e-bikes — already allowed in most provinces, ministry officials say — were on display yesterday, some with the ability to move the rider without pedalling and others that power up only when the pedals move.
They featured handlebar brakes and gear shifters, and looked like regular bikes. But a key starts the motor, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery.
On some models the motor sat between the two wheels. On others, the motor rested between the spokes of the back wheel.
The battery plugs into a regular socket to recharge, and the bikes on display yesterday typically take 2 1/2 to three hours to charge.
Ontarians aged 16 and up can ride the bikes, which by law cannot have a motor with more than 500 watts of power or generate a maximum speed over 32 km/h. E-bike owners do not have to get a special licence, registration or insurance. Riding an e-bike underage or without a helmet could net fines ranging from $250 to $2,500.”””

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