The City of Ottawa would like to know how we feel about having e-cargo bikes on our streets.
But before Council approves participation in the 5-year Ontario-wide pilot program and changes City of Ottawa by-laws to allow e-cargo bikes on our streets, it needs feedback from residents and business. The 5-year pilot program has been created by the Province of Ontario as a result of the new Bill 282 (Moving Ontarians More Safely Act), allowing e-cargo bikes to be used for the movement of goods and people, both personally and commercially.
Based on the results of the survey, the City of Ottawa staff will bring forward a recommendation for consideration by Transportation Committee on September 1, 2021 and then for City Council consideration on September 8, 2021.
The Act and use of e-cargo bikes means that residents and businesses having the option of using e-cargo bikes instead of trucks, vans and cars. This supports the City’s objectives of encouraging more active and sustainable transportation and goods movement. Personal e-cargo bikes can help to fulfill families’ and households’ daily needs without a car. Commercial e-cargo bikes will be able to replace standard delivery trucks in dense urban environments. E-cargo bikes provide a promising opportunity to reduce traffic pressure on City streets and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.