Bicycle and E-bike safety

May 26, 2020 | Joey Keillor | @joeykeillor | Comments (1)




Summer is here, and bicycling is on the upswing. Older adults often find benefits to bicycling as a form of transportation and exercise, such as being gentle on the joints and allowing one to cover more ground than walking. In addition, newly popular E-bikes have battery-powered motors that allow you to go 20 miles an hour or more. E-bikes do some of the work for you, which means you may feel more comfortable going greater distances or up more challenging hills than you would otherwise — possibly letting you keep up with a group or partner who is faster.

Whether you ride a traditional bicycle or an E-bike, it’s important to abide by bike safety recommendations. And because e-bikes can be heavier and operated at a faster speed than traditional bikes, they also come with unique risks. Remember to:

  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets should fall slightly above your eyebrows. and feel snug — you shouldn’t be able to fit more than two fingers under your chin strap when buckled.
  • Use tools such as reflective gear and front and rear lights to increase visibility.
  • Think about where you want to bike, and use bike paths, bike lanes or streets that allow you to avoid heavy traffic. Check your local laws to make sure e-bikes are allowed on bike paths.
  • Always bike in the direction of traffic. Don’t suddenly change direction or forget to signal, as a driver may not anticipate your movement.
  • Enhance your riding confidence. If you want to brush up on your bike skills, look for a local class offered by your local bike store or the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Start out slowly. Remember that cars might misjudge how fast an e-bike can go. Faster speeds mean it will take longer for you to brake. Try using the least electric assist to start and work your way up.


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Thank you for the helmet fitting tip!

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