Police Authorized to enforce Laws on Kawartha Trans Canada Trail
The City of Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay and Ops) Police Service and the City of Kawartha Lakes - OPP Detachment have been provided a letter of authorization from the Board of Directors of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association to access the Trans Canada Trail in order to Act as its agent for the purpose of provincial enforcement in the event of inappropriate use such as ATV and Dirt Bike and enforcing the Trespass to Property Act and other related legislation.
What is an electric bicycle?
An electric bicycle meets the definition of "motor-assisted cycle" under the Ontario Motor Vehicle Safety Act, as follows:
For a detailed description of motor-assisted cycles as defined by the Motor Vehicle Act, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation web site at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/emerging/e-bike-faq.shtml#a1
Are electric bicycles allowed on the KTCT?
Yes. Following a comprehensive review, KTCTA decided in November 2008 to allow electric bicycles on the KTCT.
Why did KTCTA decide to allow electric bicycles on KTCT?
KTCTA received requests from members of the public to use electric bikes on the KTCT, and as a result carried out a review. KTCTA is supportive of this new green technology, which may benefit trail visitors with disabilities and mobility restrictions. As well, E bikes are powered by an electric motor and muscular power, and have zero emissions.
The maximum speed of 32 km/hour (20 mph) is equivalent to the speed reached by an average cyclist on a traditional bicycle. Regulators wanted electric bicycles to match the speed of conventional bikes. If the speed had been set lower
(24 km/hour), as first proposed, commuter cyclists would find electric bicycles too slow to be a reasonable alternative to travel by car.
Do other Provinces or cities allow electric bicycles on their trails?
Yes. KTCTA is following the lead of other jurisdictions, such as the City of Ottawa, City of Victoria which permit electric bicycles on trails where bicycles are allowed. Electric bicycles are common in many cities in California, where they were developed, and in Europe. As well, currently, eight Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Yukon Territory) have legalized power-assisted bicycles for public road use and are treating these vehicles as conventional bicycles and not as motor vehicles
Do electric bicycles have to follow the same rules as other cyclists on the trail?
Yes. All cyclists must obey the posted etiquette rules and be courteous to others. KTCTA strives to ensure that all visitors to the trail have safe and enjoyable visits.
Do I need a license for my electric bicycle?
No license or registration is required. However, cyclists on electric bicycles are required by law to wear helmets and be 16 years of age in Ontario.
Will this issue be considered again in the future?
The issue of electric bicycles will be reviewed by the KTCTA within the broader context of Ontario Provincial Legislation- as the use of E bikes in Ontario on roads and trails will be reviewed by the Ministry of Transportation in the fall of 2009.
For more information on regional parks and trails, please visit the Ministry of Transportation web site at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/emerging/e-bike-faq.shtml#a1
The Board of Directors for the KTCTA would like to encourage special events to occur along the trail such as fund raising events. In order to ensure there are no trail use conflicts refer to the Special Event Policy and Application process by clicking on Laws and Policy section in the menu.
The snow has gone and thoughts are now about cycling, walking, hiking and horseback riding. Generally, the trail is in good shape with some small areas that needs to be repaired due to some illegal use. This winter there was a significant increase in snowmobile use, snowshoeing and cross country skiing along the trail. The tread surface is soft and we encourage users to wait until it dries out - three or four days of continuous sun would make it better for travel.
There are plans to install more signs and barriers this spring. New directional signs will be erected near the Highway 36 Bridge connecting to downtown Lindsay. A new map for the East KTCT has been produced and is available at tourism offices in Lindsay and Peterborough, as well as some local businesses. A brochure about the entire trail is available. The three public schools along the east section of the trail have adopted sections of the trail as their environmental school zone and will soon be planting wildlife shrubs and installing blue bird nesting boxes.
Four managing partners have signed an agreement to help manage the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail – Eastern section. These partners are: Fowler's Corner Lions Club, Omemee Lions Club, Village ofReaboro Residents and Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance. The trail has been divided into managing zones and each of these partners will help maintain their section.
Funding Grants have been submitted for upgrading the west section of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail that connects to Durham Region- Uxbridge. We are optimistic the grant submissions will be successful and we will have another 20 km of high quality trail constructed by September, 2009.
We are always looking for volunteers check out the volunteer section of the blog for more information.
Check the Blog regularly for updates as to what is happen.