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

    London's City Council has not made this decision yet.  Council will determine if and where they are allowed to operate based on a staff recommendation that considers your input.  The staff recommendation report will be presented in late summer/early fall, 2021.

    Where can I operate a large cargo e-bike?

    Similar to bicycles, Highway Traffic Act (HTA) rules of the road apply to the operation of cargo e-bikes in Ontario.

    Where permitted, the vehicle must be operated in the bicycle lane or to the right-most side of the roadway.  This has not yet been determined by City Council.

    What are the benefits of large cargo e-bikes?

    Using large 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 large cargo e-bike instead of a motor vehicle is one way businesses and individuals can take action on London’s declared Climate Emergency.

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

    Many smaller cargo e-bikes 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 today.

    Where can I park a large 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 for large 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.