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Tuesday August 6th, 2013

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Windsor Police are planning to crack down on E-bike riders who break the rules of the road.

Between now and the end of the month, officers will be stopping riders for Highway Traffic Act offences and issuing “Warning Tickets” for the first offence. Police say first offences will be logged in their Record Management System and if the same person is stopped again, a Provincial Offence Notice will be issued for that subsequent offence.

Police say they recognize the changing habits of Windsor commuters and are planning the crackdown due to the large increase in the use of E-bikes over last year.

The increase has led to what Police say are the most “obvious violations” where riders drive E-Bikes with pedals removed. Windsor Police say this changes the classification of the E-bike from a Power-Assisted-Bicycle (not requiring a drivers licence, licence plate, insurance etc.) to a Limited Speed Motorcycle (LSM) (requiring an M type licence, insurance, registration, licence plate and a motorcycle helmet). Police warn that it doesn’t matter whether the pedals are in storage compartment or a back pack — if you take away the ability to pedal, it’s a LSM.

Fines range into the thousands of dollars range and impoundment of the E-bike takes place in the most extreme cases.

This warning program does not extend to any drivers who may be riding an e-bike while under suspension under the Highway Traffic Act for a Criminal Code Conviction. Persons in this category are not legally permitted to drive an e-bike (pedals on or not) and may be charged with another criminal offence.

City of Windsor by-law 9148 prohibits e-bikes from riding on sidewalks or pathways shared by pedestrians and bicycles or on a pedestrian trail.

Police will also be targeting bicycles with the program. The Bicycle / E-bike campaign will run until August 30th.

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