What is the City of London's role in this pilot project?

    Municipalities that choose to allow cargo e-bikes are responsible for how they are managed in their municipality. This includes determining:

    • where cargo e-bikes can be used (for example, on roads and bike paths, in parks and on trails)
    • where cargo e-bikes can park and any parking rates
    • how to monitor and report on the use of cargo e-bikes under the pilot
    • if insurance is required (the type and coverage)
    • how people can give feedback on cargo e-bike use in their municipality
    • other considerations relevant to the municipality

    Where can I operate a cargo e-bike?

    Similar to bicycles or e-bikes, all Ontario Highway Traffic Act rules of the road apply to the  cargo e-bikes.

    This summer, the City of London will be determining where both personal and commercial use cargo e-bikes can operate on public property in London. This will be reflected in updates to municipal by-laws.

    What are the benefits of cargo e-bikes?

    Using cargo e-bikes for personal or commercial purposes has many benefits, including:

    • They can be faster and more flexible than using a truck or other motor vehicle for deliveries
    • They have lower maintenance costs and do not use fuel like an automobile
    • They positively address climate change
    • They can be used by businesses to improve corporate environmental responsibility
    • They offer physical activity when traveling 

    Using a cargo e-bike instead of a motor vehicle is one way businesses and individuals can take action to support London's Climate Emergency Action Plan.

    How does a cargo e-bike differ from smaller cargo e-bikes?

    Cargo e-bikes that weigh less than 55 kilograms currently meet Ontario's definition for power-assisted bicycles (e-bikes) and are already permitted for use in some places in London. This pilot program is specifically for larger cargo e-bikes which do not meet the definition of e-bikes.

    Where can I park a cargo e-bike?

    Ontario's pilot program currently requires cargo e-bikes to be parked within spots used by motor vehicles. Municipalities may define other locations where cargo e-bikes can park (e.g. setting up designated parking locations). Designated parking locations can provide control over their use and reduce potential interference with other road users.

    What Highway Traffic Act rules currently apply to cargo e-bikes?

    Similar to bicycles, Highway Traffic Act rules of the road apply to the operation of cargo e-bikes in Ontario. Penalties in the Highway Traffic Act s. 228(8) also apply to violations of the pilot regulation (fine of $250 to $2,500). By-law offences may also apply. There are serious consequences for a cargo e-bike operator impaired by drugs, alcohol or both under the Criminal Code of Canada.

    Collisions, as defined in the Highway Traffic Act, must be reported using the Motor Vehicle Collision Report form (SR-LD-401) or an electronic collision data system when a reportable collision involving a cargo e-bike occurs.