Rules for Electric Bikes (“E-Bikes”)
A set of rules for electric bikes is in effect on the NCC’s multi-use 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 pathways, the Capital Pathway network).
- Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are prohibited on the NCC’s Capital Pathway network, during the Sunday Bikedays and Short Loops in the Park 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.