After a lengthy discussion, Windsor city council voted 6-4 Monday night to ban e-bikes from the city's pathways and trails.
Those who voted in favour say it's a matter of safety. They're concerned an e-bike could injure someone using the trails.
"Anything motorized has been restricted off of our paths," said Mayor Eddie Francis, "[for] the simple reason that our paths were not built to accommodate."
City administration says it would cost millions of dollars to widen trails to make room for e-bikes.
But users say pushing them onto the streets means their safety is at risk.
"Being just a conventional bicyclist I can't tell you the numerous times I've almost been hit by vehicles being on the roads," said Elizabeth Beaugrand.
"We're creating a nanny state where we have to protect and wrap [everybody] in bubble wrap," said e-biker Kimberly Tucker.
Coun. Percy Hatfield was one of the four councillors who voted against the ban.
"I don't think being on a bike or e-bike on our city streets is the safest place to be," he said.
Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac made the original push for a ban on e-bikes, saying it's not a good mix to have them on recreational trails with pedestrians.
"When you start mixing them, you're asking for disaster," she said.
The ban is expected to take effect before the end of April.