For a number of years now, limited-speed motorcycles powered by electric motors and equipped with a pedal and gear mechanism that bear the label of a power-assisted bicycle as defined in section 2 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1038) have been appearing on the market;
These vehicles are in every respect akin to motorcycles and were not designed to be propelled by the user’s muscular power but rather solely by the electric motor;
These vehicles are equipped with removable pedals that are practically unusable given their positioning and the length of the cranks;
Their size, weight and ability to reach 32 km/h make these vehicles a real danger to the safety of other bicycle path users; and
The term “power-assisted bicycle” should be reserved for vehicles that were designed to be propelled essentially by muscular power and to which an assistance system has been added.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada and bicycle path users, call upon the Minister of Transport to amend the definition of power-assisted bicycle in section 2 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations so that limited-speed motorcycles and other similar vehicles to which pedals have been added cannot be considered power-assisted bicycles within the meaning of the Regulations.
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