There’s plenty of chatter about the new bylaw and signage just installed that prohibits e-bikes on our parks and trails system. Here are some important distinctions between the general concept of e-bikes. Some updated signage and clarity from the Town will be out in the coming days.
- The bylaw doesn’t (and couldn’t) restrict mobility devices for people with any type of mobility disability.
- The bylaw allows non-motorized bikes and power assisted bicycles (pedal electric – pedelec). These are bikes where a motor can be engaged to assist the pedalling of the rider but not replace pedalling altogether. When pedalling stops, the motor assist stops.
- The bylaw prohibits bikes where the primary method of propulsion is the motor (gas or electric) and where pedalling is only optional – usually only when the engine power is depleted. These have small folding pedals and are effectively motorbikes with pedal power as backup.
- The speed limit applies to everyone and is the maximum speed allowed. Many circumstances would dictate travelling slower than the maximum for the safety of riders, walkers and joggers.
- The bylaw does not attempt to legislate courtesy or common sense.
Hope this helps to some degree. We want to make the trails safe and accessible to people of all abilities.