Windsor City Council voted Monday night to ban power assisted vehicles (eBikes) on the City of Windsor’s shared paths and multi-use trails such as the riverfront and the Ganatchio trail.
The ban will be in effect unless certain paths/trails are specifically designated by Council as “eBike Friendly”.
Council has asked City Administrators to prepare a report outlining if any trails within the city’s park system can be eBike friendly. Should any of the City’s trails be designated, they will have a set speed limit of 10km/h.
The Province of Ontario legalized eBikes under a pilot program in 2006 and permanently permitted them to be operated like bicycles as of 2009. Operators do not need a license or insurance but must wear helmets and their vehicles must be equipped with pedals.
eBikes and power assisted vehicles were also banned from city sidewalks.