December 16, 2021
City Council approved the City of Toronto’s participation in a provincial micromobility pilot project that will allow the use of electric cargo bikes weighing more than 120 kilograms to help meet growing demand for local deliveries, reduce gas emissions greenhouse effect and help reduce traffic congestion.
Considered an emerging form of micromobility, electric cargo bikes are bikes with additional storage and transport capacity, as well as an electric motor to help riders pedal with the extra weight.
The use of electric cargo bikes weighing less than 120 kilograms was approved by Council in 2020, making Toronto one of the first municipalities in Ontario to approve bylaw changes to allow the increased use of electric cargo bikes. pedal assisted. Throughout the pandemic, these electric cargo bikes have helped businesses meet a huge demand for local deliveries and provided a new bicycle option for residents and families to get around the city. They also encouraged the use of fewer delivery trucks, by courier, courier and delivery companies on city streets.
Earlier this year, the province of Ontario introduced new electric cargo bike regulations and a new pilot program for municipalities. The pilot project requires municipalities to choose to adhere to and change their bylaws to allow the use of any electric cargo bike weighing more than 120 kilograms on public roads, including cycle lanes and bicycle lanes.
The pilot project – using larger electric cargo bikes – allows the City to assess the use of all types of electric cargo bikes as well as study the potential impact of this larger micromobility option on congestion in the city. traffic, accessibility, road safety and movement of urban goods.
Electric cargo bikes are popular among businesses and delivery and courier companies as they are considered a safe, economically and environmentally sustainable alternative to delivery vehicles, and play an important role in supporting Toronto’s economic recovery. after COVID-19 and the realization of the city’s climate change the goals.
To learn more, read the Cargo E-Bikes Pilot report and the Freight and Goods Movement Strategy report. The provincial pilot project O. Reg 141/21 – Cargo Power-Assisted Bicycles can also be read online.
âPeople have come to rely on fast and efficient delivery services when shopping locally online. Large e-bikes can better help local businesses meet this huge demand for convenient and fast delivery services. They have a much larger storage capacity, which may be more convenient for delivery and courier services looking to improve their delivery times by avoiding traffic jams, allow them to use fewer emissions-generating vehicles, and reduce overheads such as fuel and maintenance associated with larger delivery vehicles. . “
– Mayor John Tory
âBy participating in the Electric Cargo Bike Pilot Project, we are responsibly testing new technologies to improve the way we transport goods around the city. I’m proud that city council is exploring more sustainable alternatives to delivery vehicles to help us meet our climate action goals.
– Councilor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rough Park), chair of the infrastructure and environment committee
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