It is so important to be safe when riding your electric bike. Here are some guidelines for a safe and secure ride.
Carry and ID and an emergency contact in your bike pouch or on your person. In the event of an accident, you want people around you to know who you are and who can help with medical decisions.
Wear a helmet! Helmets are proven to be 85% effective in preventing traumatic brain injury, the primary cause of death an disabling injuries resulting from cycling crashes
Keep house keys, bandaids and a little money ($20) in a pouch on your bike, just in case. Use a removable bag that you can take with you when you arrive at your destination.
Drive with care on the road. Choose to ride in the bike lane if available. Make eye contac1, smile or wave to communicate with motorists. Ride far enough away from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars opening doors or pulling out. Keep control of your bike and look behind you while maintaining your bike in a straight path.
Use bells, horns, or your voice to alert pedestrians and other bicyclists that you are approaching or passing.
Stay focused and alert. Never wear headphones as the hinder your ability to hear traffic. Always look for obstacles in your path
Learn and obey the rules of the road before you venture out. Follow all traffic signs and signals. Always signal your moves using hand signals for turns.
Use the proper tires for the surface you are riding on. Keep a spare tube with you.
Carry a cell phone in case of emergency – But DO NOT use it while riding.
10. Use a light for night riding. – Try to get back before dark if possible. Wear retro-reflective clothing for visibility.
Check tire pressure and brakes before you leave.
Plan your rides so you don’t over-exhaust yourself. On windy days, try to plan a circular route.
Get a good bike lock to use while your parked in a public location.
Avoid riding in the rain if possible. Riding a bicycle in the rain is like driving a car in the snow. You will not be able to stop as fast and must leave a larger distance between yo and the obstacle around you. Your brakes will not perform as quick when they are wet. You will not be able to turn as sharp without the danger of slipping. Keep an eye out for puddles and turn your lights on. Use a cover for your bicycle if leaving it outdoors. Extensive rain can seep into the controller and battery and cause water damage.