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E-Bike – Mopeds & Scooters

EBikes have become a great mode of transportation for citizens in the city of Owen Sound. When operating an EBike riders are reminded to always obey traffic laws and ride with due care to keep themselves and those around them safe.

For more information on EBike regulations and definitions please click the Learn More link.

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What is an e-bike?

E-bikes are motorized bicycles that can look like conventional bicycles, scooters or limited-speed motorcycles. This information will help you learn the rules about e-bikes so you can ride safely.

E-bikes in Ontario must have:

  • steering handlebars

  • working pedals

  • an electric motor not exceeding 500 Watts

  • a maximum speed of 32 km/h

  • a maximum weight of 120 kg

  • a permanent label from the manufacturer in both English and French stating that your e-bike conforms to the federal definition of a power-assisted bicycle

It is illegal to modify your e-bike's motor to make it more powerful or to increase the speed of your e-bike.

What e-bike riders need?

You don't need a driver's licence, vehicle permit or licence plate to ride an e-bike, but you do need to:

  • be 16 or older

  • wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet

  • keep your e-bike in good working order

You also need to follow the same rules of the road as regular cyclists.

Where to ride an e-bike?

You can ride your e-bike on most roads and highways where conventional bikes are permitted, with some exceptions.

You can't ride your e-bike:

  • on certain provincial controlled access highways, such as the 400 series, the Queen Elizabeth Way, the Queensway in Ottawa or the Kitchener-Waterloo Expressway

  • on municipal roads, including sidewalks, where bicycles are banned under municipal by-laws

  • on municipal roads, sidewalks, bike paths, bike trails or bike lanes where e-bikes are prohibited