File Under Duh: Electric Bicycles Shouldn’t Ride on Sidewalk
Pedestrian and cycling advocates want the city to put the brakes on where e-bikes can park and ride.
“They could seriously injure or kill a pedestrian if they hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk,” says Dylan Reid, co-chairman of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee.
“E-bikes are a good thing, it’s just that they really shouldn’t be on the sidewalk,” he said yesterday.
City council’s public works and infrastructure committee will consider a recommendation from the pedestrian committee today to ban e-bike parking on city sidewalks.
Electric bicycles were approved by the Ontario government only last week following a three year pilot project. Ã‚Â E-bikes there can only have a maximum weight of 120 kg (264 lbs! That’s a freakin’ moped) and must follow the same rules as bicycles, but currently they are allowed on sidewalks.