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Press Release - Pocket Bikes

Pocket Bikes - Illegal on the road

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 - "Do not put your kids at risk - make the right decision" warn Canada's road safety administrators. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), an organization comprising federal, provincial and territorial governments responsible for road safety in Canada, cautions consumers and retailers on pocket mini bikes.

Pocket mini bikes resemble small motorcycles and are expected once again to be at the top of the wish list for presents this holiday season. CCMTA reminds the general public these bikes do not belong on the roads. They stand about 260 centimetres (two feet) high, which make them very hard to see and they can reach speeds of 80 kilometres per hour. Also, the bikes do not have many of the legally required road safety features.

Before buying one of these bikes, parents need to do their homework by researching the laws of their province. Municipalities may authorize pocket motorcycles only on private property and ban them from public roads, sidewalks and parking lots.

"In jurisdictions across the country it is illegal to operate a pocket bike on highways or municipal roads. These toy bikes can be extremely dangerous and life threatening if not used properly" said Derek Sweet, CCMTA's Board member and Director General of Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation at Transport Canada. "Unlike bigger bikes they emulate, pocket bikes lack basic safety features like rear-view mirrors, lights, turn signals and do not meet minimum safety requirements. This bike is marketed as a toy exposing children to serious risk of injury".

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