CHP’s Electric Bicycle Safety and Training Program

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has a variety of great resources for all different types of roadway users. They’ve got public safety educational programs for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and even motorcyclists. Now, they have training for people who ride electric bicycles (e bikes).  

E bikes have become super popular in California, and throughout the nation. People are choosing them as an active and sustainable form of transportation. Cyclists and people who are new to bicycles are getting into e bikes. Since E bikes can go faster than traditional pedal bicycles, and they’re often much heavier, there are some important considerations to take into account when purchasing or riding an e bike. Don’t think that just because you’re familiar with traditional bicycles, that you’ll be automatically ready for an e bike. 

Special Safety Considerations With E Bikes  

E bikes are heavier and faster than regular bikes. Since they’re heavier, they may have a different center of gravity and take longer to stop than the bikes you’re used to. Take time practicing maneuvering and stopping your new e bike before you take it out into a busy area. It’s important to learn how your brakes work and just how long it takes to stop and maneuver a heavier bicycle.  

Some e bikes can go up to 28 miles per hour. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the rules of where you’re riding. Also keep in mind that pedestrians, motorists and even other cyclists may underestimate the oncoming speed of an e bike. Exercise vigilance and caution when riding at higher speeds.  

E Bike Accidents in Southern California 

E bike accidents can be more dangerous than accidents involving traditional bicycles. They’re heavier and faster, so wrecks can be a lot worse. Just like with regular bicycles, it’s important to practice safe riding techniques and always wear a helmet, and if you’ve been in an e bike accident, contact a Personal Injury lawyer about your case.  

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an e bike crash in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.