The e-bike revolution provides a new way for bicycle enthusiasts and others to commute in Pennsylvania. An e-bike presents a motor-powered bicycle that presents an alternative to scooters and motorcycles. E-bikes offer motor-assisted pedaling or motor-exclusive power. And yes, electric bikes could travel fast, meaning additional safety steps may be necessary.
E-bikes and safety
Since an e-bike might hit speeds far greater than a typical bicycle, wearing a helmet is crucial, as is wearing padding that may offer additional protection when falling off the bike. Bicyclists may need to do more than worry about their safety, though. Keeping an eye out for pedestrians, vehicles, and other bicyclists may cut down on mishaps.
Braking distance might be different on an e-bike than what is the case with a typical 10-speed. The motor allows an e-bike to travel at impressively high rates of speed, which leaves the bike with less time to come to a stop. Maintaining a safer braking distance may avoid collisions, although it is incumbent that everyone follows safe practices. A vehicle or e-bike that weaves in and out of lanes undermines safety, even with decent braking distance. Injuries caused by negligent operation of a car or bike may result in a personal injury lawsuit.
Other points of safety for e-bike riders
Safety comes in many forms, and keeping a proper battery charge might help the self-preservation cause. When the bike’s battery runs out of power, the bicyclist must rely on pedaling exclusively. Someone traveling up steep hills may find the lack of power assistance troubling. Anyone unable to operate an e-bike without the motor’s support may end up stranded.
Bicycling at night brings other worries. Hopefully, the e-bike has the necessary lights to remain visible. A lack of lights and reflectors could raise accident risks tremendously.