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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

'Rules Clear' on eBike use say Hamilton Police

(Photo of Spectator reporter Jeremy Grimaldi
 by Gary Yokoyama, 
The Hamilton Spectator.)
The rules of the road, the legalities of riding an eBike are "clear and adults and teenagers should know those rules or they could be surprised by a very big bill," Hamilton police spokesman Claus Wagner told the Hamilton Spectator  in a recent article.

Constable Wagner went on to remind readers that "once that bike exceeds 32 km/h it will be treated as a road vehicle that needs both a licence and insurance."

Obvious legal infractions include (in Hamilton): riding on sidewalks and riding the wrong way on a one-way street, something pedal bicyclists have been getting away with for years. However, eBikes are more conspicuous and their attractive colours may garner the attention of police officers where a pedal bicycle wouldn't.

The Spectator also advises Hamiltonians of a "crackdown" on eBikers, although it has remained mum on the issue of pedal bicycle infractions and safety.

Weak writing, poor logic

A recent, poorly-researched online editorial that doesn't allow reader feedback, written by Lee Prokaska, posed the rhetorical question "who, if anyone, is liable..." when an eBike is involved in a collision or damaging accident?  The author needs to spend more time with Spectator colleagues who cover the courts, who could have deflated half of the article by informing Lee that the courts decide who is liable, and the liable person pays the damages.

Also, depending on the particular insurance company or policy, many licensed drivers are insured no matter what vehicle they are driving.

That's how it works in Canada. The rules are clear and it says so right in the same newspaper as the weak editorial.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

while I still have the actual pedals on mine, I did however break the chain so, I guess it's still considered pedaless? got about 1000 kms on the bike now, I actually believe until these things can be actually pedaled more than 2 KMS without the motor, then the word bicycle should not even be on them.
and this is coming from a owner, not a hater of them

Anonymous said...

well that kind of depends on the model if you have an ebike scoooter then yeah pedals mostly useless and only there so they qualify legally. there is the actual bike model that can be pedaled though