Is it dangerous to ride an e-bike in New York City?

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2022 | Bicycle Accidents |

Riding a bike can be a great way to get around the city. A bike gives you the freedom of having your own transportation without the expense of trying to find a place to park in the city.

One of the challenges with traditional bikes is that they require a certain level of fitness to ride. Electric bikes offer the assistance of a small motor for those who need additional support. However, adding a motor to a bike can be dangerous in some situations.

Here’s what you should know about the hazards that may come with riding an e-bike in New York City.

What makes them dangerous?

With their added boost, e-bikes can get up to 20 miles per hour. While 20 mph is not incredibly fast, it can compound other issues.

Like every other mode of transportation, one of the biggest dangers, when you ride an e-bike is distractions. When you take your focus off of the task of riding safely, you may find yourself stuck between dangerous options. If you are distracted, looking up at the last moment does not give you enough time to make a safe decision.

E-bikes are also heavier than their manual counterparts. The motor tends to add at least 10 pounds to a bike that normally weighs about 30 pounds. Unfortunately, in a crash, a heavier bike typically means more damage.

Avoiding an accident

The simplest thing you can do to avoid an accident on an e-bike is to pay attention to your surroundings. When you are aware of what is happening around you, you give yourself more time to respond to emergencies.

You should also allow for plenty of space for those around you. Whether you are biking near people walking or driving, keeping a safe distance will allow others more time to read their surroundings and respond appropriately.