The mission of CTC is to
promote cycling at all skill levels and improve cycling safety and awareness in
E-Bikes now represent a material portion of bikes that are available for sale
in many bike shops and, as a result, are now being purchased in higher numbers
by recreational cyclists.
Given the general alignment that E-Bikes have with other forms of recreational
cycling, as well as the Club's mission to advance recreational cycling, the Board
of CTC believes it should promote Club membership, and the benefits extending
from it to riders of E-Bikes.
It is also important to note that
the Club has, at this time, minimal experience with E-Bikes. As such, any
policy that we establish today will likely change as the Club becomes more
experienced with E-Bikes.
Members of the CTC Bicycle Club may ride bicycles with electric assist motors
(E-Bikes) on many Club sponsored rides, tours, and events, under the following
- E-Bike riders will observe and
follow CTC Club ride rules and policies governing ride safety and
etiquette absent the provision of any other rules specific to
- E-Bikes eligible to participate
in group rides must be pedal-assisted (the bike does not move without
pedaling). It may not utilize a throttle, meaning that it must be a Class
1 or Class 3 E-Bike.
- Ride leaders are not
responsible for determining whether a rider is using an E-Bike or what
class of E-Bike a rider may be using.
- Similar to conventional
cyclists that participate in group rides, ride leaders have the authority
to speak with any rider of an E-Bike if, in their judgment, they feel that
rider is compromising the safety of others on the ride. This authority
also includes making them aware of what they are doing incorrectly or to
request that the E-Bike rider maintain a position at the back of the group
ride to ensure the safety of others.
- E-Bikes are NOT permitted on A/B group
- E-Bike riders may only
participate in group rides where the established pace is equal to or
slower than rides they have demonstrated experience with on a conventional
cycle. Groups are not chosen solely based on speed, rather on the
rider’s skill and experience riding safely with that particular paced
- If the group rides with a
pace-line, the E-Bike, when assuming the front position, may not
accelerate the pace of the group. They may only maintain the established
pace, or safely reduce it in the event a hazard exists.
- When proceeding up climbs,
E-Bikes should not aggressively pass conventional riders and on descents
should stay well to the right to not impede conventional riders.
- An E-Bike rider is responsible
for ensuring they have sufficient battery reserves to enable them to
complete the ride they have chosen without assistance from other riders.