Thats right they are not bicycles...They are "power assisted bicycles". By law, power assisted bicycles are to be treated the same as bicycles except riders are required to wear a helmet, regardless of their age. They are not to be confused as Motor Assisted Bicycles, as in Ontario a MAB is also known as a "moped" and falls under a completely different category.
The confusion is that certain people are unaware of this new category and some of them actually work in clerical postitions at the ministry. If you go on the MTO website they do clearly explain the difference between a power assisted bicycle and a motor assisted bicycle. The whole pilot program exists only in Ontario and is just another example of how far behind this province is in certain areas. A power assisted bicycle whether it is encased in a cosmetic covering or not, is still a power assisted bicycle as long as it complies. ie. 32 km per hour, capable of being propelled by muscular power, 500 watt motor etc. So you are right... a power assisted bicycle is no more a bicycle, than a cargo van is a car, and yet they both must abide by the same laws. It is a brand new category.
Last edited by dewdad; 11-26-08 at 04:32 PM.