The popular electric bike does come with some risks

Posted on November 16, 2020

In the past half-decade, Utah has become one of the country’s top markets for electric bicycles (e-bikes), which include an electric motor to help with pedaling while reaching speeds of up to 30 mph. It has become a welcome trend throughout the world as people seek to “go green” and minimize their carbon footprint.

E-bikes have grown in popularity among older and younger generations riders alike, whether for riding on trails, pavements or for leisure. Why are e-bikes popular in Utah? Our state is filled with outdoors enthusiasts, and the weather here is conducive to the e-bike population. With e-bikes, there are many advantages and benefits as well as risks.

Stay alert for negligent motorists

Some consider e-bikes as a replacement for cars as their commutes no longer require gasoline, while they also save money on vehicle maintenance and parking fees. With the growing popularity of e-bikes, here are some pointers that will make your e-bike ride a safer one:

  • Follow all traffic rules. Stop at stop signs and traffic signals, make hand signals when you turn and be aware of all traffic and pedestrians.
  • Wearing a helmet can prevent you from sustaining serious head injuries.
  • Because you are riding on a smaller vehicle, you will likely be less visible on the road. Make sure to wear bright colors while on the road.
  • Negligent drivers come in all shapes and sizes, but be on the alert for distracted drivers. This group has proven to become one of the most dangerous road hazards for any vehicle or pedestrian.

E-bikes have especially become popular since the COVID-19 pandemic struck as more people seek outdoor activities that include social distancing. In addition, e-bikes allow people to avoid being passengers on buses and trains. Still, it is crucial to focus on safety, while avoiding and being on the alert for negligent motorists.