Large cargo e-bikes

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An image of a cyclist riding a large cargo e-bik


About this project

Ontario's cargo e-bike pilot program is specifically for larger cargo e-bikes that do not meet the current Province of Ontario’s definition of e-bikes, primarily in terms of maximum weight and electric motor power output.

The Province of Ontario's cargo e-bike pilot program lets municipalities in Ontario now choose where and how large cargo e-bikes can be used. The pilot project runs from March 1, 2021, to March 1, 2026 in Ontario.

The provincial pilot program only applies to large cargo e-bikes that weigh more than 120 kilograms and have an electric motor between 500 and 1,000 watts. Some smaller pedal-powered and electric box bikes are classified as e-bikes but are not part of this pilot program. These smaller e-bikes are already permitted in London and Ontario on streets, bike lanes, cycle tracks, and on multi-use pathways but only when pedaling.

Large pedal-powered cargo bikes without an electric pedal assist are also already permitted and not included in this pilot program.


What is a large cargo e-bike?

Large cargo e-bikes are a type of electric-powered bike with a large platform or box to carry items like packages and boxes for deliveries.

Residents and businesses could potentially use large cargo e-bikes:

  • as another way to pick up or deliver products
  • to reduce their carbon footprint
  • as an alternative to delivery trucks

Courier companies like FedEx and UPS are already using large cargo e-bikes in Europe and the United States.


An image of a large cargo e-bikeAbove: An example of a large cargo e-bike




Provide feedback

Developing how London will use large cargo e-bikes is an ongoing process.

This summer, the City collected feedback from residents about large cargo e-bikes. The feedback form is now closed, and the City is reviewing the feedback collected.

If you would like to ask a question or leave a comment for the project team, please ask your question below.


About this project

Ontario's cargo e-bike pilot program is specifically for larger cargo e-bikes that do not meet the current Province of Ontario’s definition of e-bikes, primarily in terms of maximum weight and electric motor power output.

The Province of Ontario's cargo e-bike pilot program lets municipalities in Ontario now choose where and how large cargo e-bikes can be used. The pilot project runs from March 1, 2021, to March 1, 2026 in Ontario.

The provincial pilot program only applies to large cargo e-bikes that weigh more than 120 kilograms and have an electric motor between 500 and 1,000 watts. Some smaller pedal-powered and electric box bikes are classified as e-bikes but are not part of this pilot program. These smaller e-bikes are already permitted in London and Ontario on streets, bike lanes, cycle tracks, and on multi-use pathways but only when pedaling.

Large pedal-powered cargo bikes without an electric pedal assist are also already permitted and not included in this pilot program.


What is a large cargo e-bike?

Large cargo e-bikes are a type of electric-powered bike with a large platform or box to carry items like packages and boxes for deliveries.

Residents and businesses could potentially use large cargo e-bikes:

  • as another way to pick up or deliver products
  • to reduce their carbon footprint
  • as an alternative to delivery trucks

Courier companies like FedEx and UPS are already using large cargo e-bikes in Europe and the United States.


An image of a large cargo e-bikeAbove: An example of a large cargo e-bike




Provide feedback

Developing how London will use large cargo e-bikes is an ongoing process.

This summer, the City collected feedback from residents about large cargo e-bikes. The feedback form is now closed, and the City is reviewing the feedback collected.

If you would like to ask a question or leave a comment for the project team, please ask your question below.

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