10 tips for safely riding an e-bike

| June 12, 2015
Photo: Mikkel Østergaard

Photo: Mikkel Østergaard

The e-bike lends a helping hand to get uphill. Riding an e-bike can be a bit tricky, however, so a group of Danish bicycle organizations have compiled 10 useful tips before you buy and do your first ride of constant tailwind.

Translation of article by Martin Burlund, Danish Cyclists’ Federation, published on www.cyklistforbundet.dk

Know your electric bicycle
With the electric bicycle, it gets easier to cover longer distances and challenging hills, but it is important to get started in a comfortable and safe manner.
A report from The Danish Road Directorate shows more accidents with electrical bicycles than expected when considering their market share. The report also shows that mostly older adults get involved in accidents.

“It is especially the extra power from the electric engine that one has to get used to control. You have to start out by getting to know the bicycle well and brake well in advance when you get into potentially dangerous situations. And it is also a good idea always to wear a helmet.” says senior consultant Søren Høyer from DaneAge Association.

10 good advices
1. Get familiar with your electric bicycle in a calm and safe environment before you go out in traffic.
2. Remember that the engine can continue its pull some seconds after you have stopped pedaling.
3. Be extra aware. Your higher speed may surprise your fellow road users.
4. Adjust your speed to the conditions and your fellow road users.
5. Don’t use the front brake alone. You need to be extra cautious when breaking at sharp corners and when the road is wet or slippery.
6. When not making signaling, always keep both hands on the handlebars.
7. Make sure to have your full attention focused on traffic – mobile phone and music takes away your focus.
8. Remember your helmet.
9. Make yourself as visible as possible in traffic.
10. Make sure that your bicycle is well maintained.

Electric bicycles can replace cars
The Danish Ecological Counsel recently ended a large study on the potential of the electric bicycle. The research was carried out among 1,400 motorists who had stopped cycling due to health problems. The study showed that electric bicycles could replace around half of the car trips among the respondents.

“We hope that electric bicycles can liberate older adults and people with incapacitating illnesses from the car and make it possible for them to cover both more and longer journeys. That will be beneficial for the climate, the environment, and increase health among the large population groups that really need the exercise,” says senior adviser Kåre Press-Kristensen from The Danish Ecological Counsel.

The group behind the 10 tips for safely riding an e-bike is: The Danish Cyclists’ Federation, DaneAge Association and the Danish Road Safety Council.

Read more about the Danish Cyclists’ Federation’s study on the cycle habits of older adults.

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