OPP promotes e-bike safety ahead of Road Safety Week

Par Claude Martel
OPP promotes e-bike safety ahead of Road Safety Week

The OPP will be hosting a free BBQ on Sunday May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Asselin Your Independent Grocer In Hawkebsury. Officer Rosie, the Hawkesbury OPP’s mascot, will be present for photos, and other officers will be answering questions and providing information on road safety, e-bikes, and more.

There will also be a free safety session for E-Bikes, Scooters, and Motorcycles on May 17. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of MAXIMUM POWERSPORTS at 189 John Street in Hawkesbury. With Canada Road Safety Week approaching, all drivers should be aware of how to keep themselves safe on the roads.

Canada Road Safety Week is a national traffic safety initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police that runs from May 15 to 21. OPP officers will be out on patrol and focusing on impaired, aggressive, or distracted driving, as well as driver fatigue and lack of seat belts. They’ll also be holding a free BBQ on May 15 to promote the safety initiative.

Since 2009, e-bikes have been allowed on the same roads and highways that conventional bicycles are allowed on. There are a few exceptions, but otherwise they follow the same rules as those bicycles. Drivers and passengers must be over 16 years old, wearing an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet, and keep the vehicle in good working order. The bike must not weigh over 120kg including the battery, must have a separate braking system for each wheel that can bring the bike from 30km/h to a full stop within 9 meters, and must be in good condition (covered electric terminals, wheels a proper size, all parts securely fasted, etc). They can’t have more than three wheels or go faster than 32 km/h. Certain provincially controlled highways and municipal bylaws prohibit e-bikes, and some bylaws may further affect them.

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