They’ve become the focus of a huge number of complaints to Hamilton’s bylaw department – so the city’s bylaw enforcement officer is calling on Hamilton Councillors to come up with a new strategy to deal with e-bikes.
Marty Hazell says the complaints focus on the use of the electric bikes on walking and cycling trails.
They can go up to 32 kilometres of an hour but riders aren’t required under provincial law to have a licence, insurance or plates.
Hazell tells the Spectator he’d like council to consider a “strategy” that focuses on education of riders and updating existing bylaws, rather than enforcement.
He points out bylaw officers can’t force riders to produce identification, meaning tickets are unlikely.