Cargo E-Bike Pilot Program
In 2021, the Province of Ontario announced that it would begin a five-year pilot program which would permit cargo e-bikes to operate in municipalities that opt-in to the program. The goal of the provincial pilot is to evaluate the use of cargo e-bikes by assessing their ability to safely integrate with other vehicle types and determine if they should be allowed permanently.
What is a Cargo e-Bike?
A cargo e-bike, or cargo power-assisted bicycle, is defined under Ontario Regulation 141/21 a pedal-driven bicycle of exposed fork-and-frame bicycle design and appearance that:
- Has two or three wheels
- Is fitted at all times with pedals that are always operable to propel the bicycle, has a platform, basket or container for carrying cargo, parcels or goods
- Has steering handlebars
- Has a weight of more than 55 kilograms
- Has a width not exceeding 1.3 metres
- Has a length not exceeding 4 metres
- Has a height not exceeding 2.2 metres
- Has wheels that have a width of not less than 35 millimetres and a diameter of not less than 350 millimetres
- Does not have any structure that fully encloses the occupant area
- Has an electric motor with a continuous rated output power not exceeding 1000 watts that is incapable of providing propulsion assistance when the bicycle attains a speed of 32 kilometres per hour or more; (“vélo cargo assisté”)