e-bike rules include possible DD charges

April 27, 2015

Barrie police have taken the time to remind riders of e-bikes about the rules governing their use, including operating them while impaired.
They include, but are not limited to:
• all operators and passengers must be at least 16 years of age
• all operators and passengers must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmets
• two independent braking systems consistent with requirements for motorcycles and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds)
• the pedals cannot be removed • no modifications to the motor to allow it to exceed a speed of 32 km/h.
The operators of the e-bike must adhere to the same Highway Traffic Act rules as a bicycle. They cannot be operated on sidewalks and must stop for stop signs and red lights. Municipalities have the ability to prohibit where e-bikes may travel on roads, paths, trails and other property under their jurisdiction.
Drinking and driving a motor vehicle is a Criminal Code offence and charges are laid under the Criminal Code of Canada. Under the Criminal Code, the definition of a “motor vehicle” includes an e-bike, and anyone operating an e-bike intoxicated could be charged for impaired driving.

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