Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook

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Power-assisted bicycles

Power-assisted bicycles means any two- or three-wheeled bicycle that:

  • is equipped with an electric assist motor that is no larger than 500 watts
  • is designed to be propelled with the combination of muscular power and power assist from the electric motor
  • cannot be operated at a speed of greater than 32 km/h (20 mph) on any level service
  • Driver’s licence required: No
  • Age restriction: 14 years of age or older
  • Registration required: No (special bicycle sticker may be required by city)
  • Helmets: Operator requires an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet
  • Operation rules: Must be driven in accordance with the rules of the road under The Traffic Safety Act normally applicable to a bicycle and cannot be operated in any area restricted by municipal bylaw

Any gas-powered cycles, electric cycles larger than 500 watts or without pedals are considered motorcycles and all motorcycle licensing requirements and equipment standards apply.


Rev: 2015