I was slowly gaining on an e-bike on Ottawa Street on Tuesday when it occurred to me that I was gaining on an e-bike.
A bicycle is legally allowed to go faster than an e-bike.
I never really thought about it before, but the max speed for an e-bike is 32 km/h. (Read the fact sheet, No. 6 on safety requirements for e-bikes.) Heck, I can do better than 32 km/h on the level, and way better than that with a tailwind or downhill. I usually chicken out and touch the brakes once I've exceeded 52 km/h (or the tears from the wind obscure my vision).
So there is a legal requirement that an e-bike cannot exceed 32 km/h, while there is no legal requirement on the top speed for a bicycle. Does this sound like something someone has missed? With more pressure to lower speed limits in residential areas, will there be pressure to prescribe speed limits for bicycles?
Nothing like more regulation....