City rolls out new bikepath by-law
The City of Montreal is lowering the boom on electric-powered scooters. It has proposed a new by-law it hopes will bring an end to "anarchy" on the city's growing bike path network.
Under the new by-law proposal, designated bike paths across the Montreal agglomeration will be limited to pedal-powered bicycles, in-line skates and powered and unpowered wheelchairs. Electrically-assisted bicycles will still be allowed, but electric scooters, which are far heavier and faster, will be banned.
As well, the bikepath ban on skateboards and joggers will be maintained.
Montreal executive committee member Réal Ménard says for the by-law to work it must be adopted by all boroughs and demerged cities on the island. He doesn't anticipate any problems getting everyone aboard.
Disobeying the by-law would bring fines of up to fifty dollars for a first offence and up to 100-dollars for a second offence.