June 16, 2024

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Fines for electric bikes: Are police resources invested in the right place, asks Velo Quebec?

Fines for electric bikes: Are police resources invested in the right place, asks Velo Quebec?

The number of fines for wearing an electric bike helmet has increased by 70% in Montreal, but it's an increase that doesn't worry Vélo Quebec, even if the organization questions the relevance of this increased surveillance.

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“If you say so [que les policiers sont] Focusing on cyclists at the expense of other road users […] We have to question whether we are putting police resources in the right place,” says Magali Bebronne, director of programs at Velo Quebec.

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Besides, Ms. Bebronne said in an interview on LCN that “current trends” indicate that pedestrians are “more and more victims of collisions with motorized vehicles”.

Wearing a helmet while riding an electric bike, some of which can easily reach speeds of more than 30 km/h, is mandatory under the Road Safety Code.

Bixi users who take blue electric bikes are therefore prohibited from riding without a helmet.

According to a spokesperson for Vélo Québec, about 20% of cyclists' violations concern wearing a helmet.

Ms. Bebron said “If you don't put a little less force on the helmet and respect the pedestrian's right of way, around school or town buses or any priority pedestrian crossings .

“In my opinion and in our opinion, at Velo Quebec, we must ensure that we do not endanger other road users, especially the most vulnerable, and therefore pedestrians,” said the guest.

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Watch Magali Bebron's interview in the video above.

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