Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, are classified as bicycles under the Highway Traffic Act and as such, they can be operated on City roadways and recreational paths.
As with regular bicycles, e-bikes aren't allowed on sidewalks, and those operating an e-bike must be over the age of 16.
E-bikes on the recreational path
Following a recent public consultation exercise, Cornwall City Council has agreed to allow e-bikes on a portion of the recreational path for a one-year trial basis.
In Lamoureux Park, e-bikes are restricted to the southern portion of the path from the east side of the Cornwall Civic Complex to the west side of the RCAFA Wing 424 (see restricted area outlined in red in the map above).
When entering the restricted area, e-bike users should dismount from their e-bike and walk with it to the non-restricted area.
Recreational Path Guide
The guide is a special publication of Seaway News.
Click here to download the guide (PDF 6.6 MB).
What is an e-bike?
An e-bike is a bicycle that:
- Has a maximum weight of 120 kilograms
- Has an electric motor of no more than 500W and can reach speeds of no more than 32 km/h (20 mph)
- Has steering handlebars & is equipped with pedals
- Is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground
- Is capable of being propelled by muscular power
- Bears a permanently affixed label by the manufacturer stating in both official languages that the vehicle conforms to the federal definition of a power-assisted bicycle
E-bike users should abide by the following rules:
- All operators and passengers must be at least 16 years of age.
- All operators and passengers must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet. There are no age exemptions.
- E-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks, 400 series highways or any municipal roads where bicycles are prohibited.
Share the Path!
Cornwall's recreational path is one of the City's most popular recreation assets. It's also one of the busiest, with cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, in-line skaters and many others making use of the path on a regular basis.
We all have a part to play in keeping the path safe and enjoyable for everyone, and we must recognize and respect the rights of others to use the path.
All path users are asked to keep the following travel tips in mind:
Path users should also consider these safety tips: