Archive for the ‘The Law’ category

A Scary Demographic

June 18, 2007

There’s one group of people that I seem to run into that are crazy for Ebikes. They have lost their drivers’ license, (for one reason or another), and, need/want to get from A to B.

Should these folk be zooming around? One fellow I met insisted that its impossible to be charged with impaired driving on an e-bike, and yes, he had taken his peddles off.


2nd Traffic Stop

May 25, 2007

legopolice.jpgI was stopped again, for the 2nd time. I was in the bike lane going North on Spadina, just past Dundas. With all that construction you fly by the cars 🙂

This time around, I was ready. Before the officer was out of the car I had my binder out of the trunk with my laminated MTO, HTA and DOT info. I handed the officer my driver’s license and asked, kindly, if he had any questions.

I was away in 3 minutes.

A wag of my finger to those dealers telling riders that you can E-ride without peddles installed, or without the appropriate DOT stickers, shame.

No Ebikes in the Park!

May 14, 2007

m_750xa.jpgAfter joea500c’s post about being charged for riding his Ebike on a trail I did some checking at city hall, specifically the parks dept and the municipal by-laws office.

Long long long story short: Here in Toronto you can’t operate a power-assistd Ebike in park or on a bike trail that runs through a park. Peddle-assit is okay, as long as the on/off switch is clearly in the off position.

Now – by my rough calculations, that means that more that 50% of Toronto’s bike routes which runs though park land is closed to Ebike riders.

So much for trial-riding on one of these military air-droppable electric bikes.

May 15 – Update
I received the following message from the Toronto Parks Board:

The Parks by-law considers the above vehicles to be a “Motorized Recreational Vehicle” and therefore are not allowed in City parklands, with the exception of electric wheel chairs for handicap and the elderly. I have also included the definition of a bicycle and a motorized recreational vehicle under the Parks by-law # 608.

BICYCLE – Includes a tricycle and unicycle but does not include a motor-assisted bicycle.

MOTORIZED RECREATIONAL VEHICLE – A snowmobile, go-cart, trail bike, mini bike, all-terrain vehicle, or similar vehicle, whatever the mode of power.

Another rider??!? (with no peddles)

April 17, 2007

060607095815s.jpgAnother day, another sighting. This time I spotted a guy riding a Chinese made/designed moped style E-Bike. Yellow, like the picture. This guy had taken off his peddles entirely and, worse, was driving his machine in a typical newb cyclist manner, scary.

My friend, if the police catch you without peddles it’s a hefty fine!

The Politics of Peddling

April 16, 2007

30-6995-blu-crank.jpgWhen is a bike not a bike? After reading, and then re-reading the Canada Gazette article I posted about the other day, I keep thinking about those two metal things sticking out the sides of my Veloteq eBike and how, imho, useless they were. (more…)

Read This, eh!

April 14, 2007

wordmark.gifIf you’re really interested in the ebike pilot project, read this article from the Canada Gazette: Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Power-assisted Bicycles).

Link Here

Now I understand why there are some ebikes that’ll do 24 Km/hr and other’s that’ll do 32 Km/hr.

Veloteq and the back seat

April 11, 2007

sport-tandem-bike.jpgI just got off the phone with the person at the MTO that is coordinating this pilot project and the news isn’t great. (more…)