As of October 3, 2009, E Bikes are now allowed on roads and highways where conventional bicycles
are allowed. We see more and more everyday on our streets. They must follow the same rules of the
road, as in the Highway Traffic Act that applies to bicyclists, with some exceptions:
The above, in no way, covers all the areas regarding E Bikes and their presence in the Province of Ontario.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Huronia West OPP at 705-429-3575, or contact
www.mto.gov.on.ca. The Wasaga Beach Community Policing Committee can be reached at 705-429-7869.
- Operators must be 16 years or older. E Bike must be in good order.
- Operators must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet.
- No one, who is an owner or in possession or control of an E Bike, shall permit a person under
16 years to ride, operate or drive on a highway.
- E Bikes are prohibited on some provincially controlled access highways.
- Municipalities may pass by-laws referencing E Bikes, to prohibit them from municipal roads,
sidewalks, bike paths, bike trails and bike lanes under their jurisdiction.
- No written test, license, license plate, or liability insurance is required.
- No passengers allowed on a bike designed for one person.
- The HTA fine structure for bicyclists is the same for E Bike operators.
- If stopped by the police for a violation of the Highway Traffic Act, Section 218 states that
the operator of the E Bike must identify themselves to the officer. Failure to do so may result
in arrest of the operator.
- Under the Criminal Code of Canada, an E Bike is defined as a motor vehicle, unlike the Ontario
Highway Traffic Act that defines an E Bike as a vehicle. Under the CCC legislation, the operator
is subject to charges of Impaired Driving and Criminal Negligence in the Operation of a Motor Vehicle.