Rules for Electric Bikes (“E-Bikes”)
A new set of rules for electric bikes are now in effect on the NCC’s 236 kilometres of multi-use recreational pathways within the Capital Pathway Network.
- Electric bikes that physically resemble conventional bikes are permitted on the NCC’s Capital Pathway Network.
- All electric bikes, including scooter-type, are permitted on dedicated NCC bike lanes (as opposed to the multi-use recreational pathways, the Capital Pathway Network).
- Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are prohibited on the NCC’s Capital Pathway Network, during Sunday Bikedays and Saturday Short Loops programs. Very often, the electric bike with a non-conventional appearance is much heavier than a conventional-type electric bicycle and therefore poses greater risks to safety in the event of a collision.
- In Gatineau Park, all electric bikes are prohibited on the 90 kilometres of natural surface trails intended for hiking and mountain biking.
- Rules for electric bikes do not apply to motorized mobility aids such as wheelchairs, three-wheel electric scooters and four-wheel electric scooters.