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Suspended Car License Means No Electric Bike, Either

Suspended Car License Means No Electric Bike, Either

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Guelph, Canada — Electric-powered bicycles are considered bicycles in most places around the world…as long as they meet certain specifications. If they can go faster than a certain speed, they are no longer considered e-bikes but rather scooters, for example. So how do you find  what you need to know regarding e-bikes. Well, ask the shop where you’re buying it, of course, but also check your local government website to see what the rules are, just to doublecheck. In Guelph, for example, even though you don’t need a driver’s licence to ride a battery-operated bike, if you’ve lost your licence due to a Criminal Code infraction such as impaired driving, you are not allowed to ride them.

“If you operate an e-bike after losing your license, you can be charged with driving while disqualified,” Guelph Police Sgt. Doug Pflug pointed out. “It’s a bit confusing because the law says you don’t need a license to operate one.”

In Gueph, ebikes are those that operate on a battery not exceeding 500 watts or by pedal power and can’t go faster than 32 kilometers per hour. You can be as young as 16 to operate them and need to wear only a bicycle helmet. Ministry of Transportation spokesperson Emna Dhahak said the Criminal Code considers e-bikes a motorized vehicle, while the Highway Traffic Act considers them a bicycle. Therefore, if you lose your license due to Highway Traffic Act violations, you are still allowed to operate an e-bike. But a Criminal Code infraction means you can’t operate one.

WHAT ARE E-BIKES? (In Guelph)

- powered by electric motor not exceeding 500 watts
- maximum speed of 32 kilometres per-hour
- does not require insurance or driver’s licence
- operators must be at least 16-years-old
- must wear a bicycle helmet
- must have pedals that are operable

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Man Rides Across Canada on Electric Bike

Man Rides Across Canada on Electric Bike

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Lynden, Canada — Shane Hansen will be riding an electric bike (e-bike) on a cross-country tour from Hamilton to Vancouver. Hansen, a Lynden area resident, recently laid off, decided to do a Green Ride for Cancer, inspired by his 33-year-old wife’s recent bout with cancer in which she had to have a hysterectomy.

“That’s a big part of my motivation for this trip,” Hansen said. His goal is to raise $100,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Hansen is 38 and 6’6”. He plans to cycle 10 hours a day, and estimates that he’ll cover about 200 kilometres every 24 hours. His plan is to complete the ride by mid-August.

Hansen has owned an electric bike for about a year. A Toronto-based company, Electro Wheels, has stepped up as his major sponsor and will provide a brand new bike for his trip.

The Green Ride will start at the Cancer Society’s Hamilton Mountain office on Wednesday (July 15). After a send-off from Electro Wheels, he’ll be on his way.

Electro Wheels spokesperson Jeff Brown said personal electric vehicles (PEVs) are growing in popularity. The  power-assisted  bikes  are  eco-friendly  and  approved for travel on streets and roadways, except for the 400-series highways. On average, they weigh about 175 pounds. Their legal speed limit is 32 kph or 20 mph.

“Electro Wheels was kind enough to jump on this (as a sponsor),” he said, adding that he hopes other local businesses will come on board as well. He needs sponsors to help with his food and lodging along the way and he’s also hoping that someone will donate a driver and a flag vehicle or pace car—“hopefully, a hybrid”— to accompany him.

Anyone wanting to help is asked to contact him by e-mail at jake.Kenya@hotmail.com or phone 519-647-0476.

Hansen will be pulling a small trailer behind his e-bike with banners bearing the logos of the Cancer Society, Electro Wheels and any other sponsors he picks up before the trip or along the way.To follow his progress, search under “Electrowheels” on Facebook or Twitter.

If you’d like to learn about promotions or contests connected with the trip, visit the company’s website at www.electro-wheels.com.

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