How to ride an electric bike safely
Ride within your ability
The majority of bicycle crashes happen when the rider loses control of the bike. Riding within your comfort level is a crucial tip for ensuring your safety.
On an electric bike you are essentially able to choose the speed that you want to ride at but more easily than on a traditional bicycle. This has obvious benefits but can also pose a danger. As you do not have to put in as much effort to reach your desired speed it can be easier to ride quicker than you are comfortable with without even noticing.
With regards to terrain, unless you have an EMTB, we suggest you use your electric bicycle for only what it is designed to do. For example road ebikes should not be taken on off-road trails, their tyres generally may not have sufficient grip to ride on loose terrain safely and may slide out easier. Riding on rough terrain can also damage your ebike components if they are not made for hard wear and tear.
When conditions are wet we advise riders to take extra care when riding as control along with visibility can be greatly compromised. As eBikes can travel considerably faster than traditional bicycles, additional stopping distance will be needed. Both brake pads and tyres threads will have their effectiveness greatly reduced in slippery conditions.
Cycle with traffic
Always cycle with the flow of traffic, never against it. Although you may prefer to be able to see oncoming traffic and don’t want cars sneaking up behind you, it is important to know that rear-end crashes only make up for about 2% of bicycle traffic accidents.
Ride in lane
When riding in urban areas where the speed limit rarely surpasses 25-30 mph, it is much safer to ride in lane with cars. You will be much more visible than if you were to hug the curb and get passed by cars.