Active and E-mobility

This position statement is under consideration:

Cycle Toronto supports all kinds of active mobility and e-mobility devices that allow people to move about safely. While some modes such as walking and jogging are more practical on sidewalks, we support the following devices using bike lanes, cycle tracks, and trails, based on their size, weight, and a maximum travel speed of 32 km/h:

  • skateboards and e-skateboards
  • mobility devices such as wheelchairs
  • rollerblades and roller skates
  • pedal assist e-bikes including cargo bikes
  • other low-speed wheeled devices under 32 km/h

E-bikes / 2-wheeled Electric Scooters

We support electric pedal-assisted bicycles (as distinct from electric scooters aka: scooter-style e-bikes) as an alternative to larger, less environmentally friendly motor vehicles, especially for people with impaired mobility.

We do not believe electric scooters should be permitted to use infrastructure intended for active transportation, as their speed, size and weight make them hazardous to others within those confines.

We encourage the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario to prohibit the use of electric scooters on infrastructure intended for active transportation, such as recreational trails and paths and bike lanes.

We do not support moped-style e-bikes using bike lanes, cycle tracks, and trails because of their excessive weight, design and high travel speed. Cycle Toronto supports M-class licensing for all ‘scooter-style’ e-bikes in Toronto.

Recent Communications - April 2021

Cycle Toronto submitted a letter dated April 27, 2021 to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) regarding E-scooters - Accessibility and Insurance Issues.

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