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The advantages – and added risks – of riding an e-bike

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Like most major cities across the U.S., Atlanta is not an easy place for people to get around on bicycles. Between reckless drivers, roads that aren’t designed for cyclists, and a fair share of hills, biking in Metro Atlanta can be dangerous. 

Another obstacle for many people who would like to bike to work, school and just for recreation is the cost of electric bicycles, or e-bikes. E-bikes have grown exponentially in popularity in recent years. In fact, in the last year alone, sales have risen some 240%. 

However, they can easily cost more than $2,000 — and possibly twice that much for a cargo bike like those used by people who work for online food delivery businesses or otherwise use their bikes to carry things.

Rebates could help more Atlanta cyclists afford e-bikes

Some members of the Atlanta City Council have a plan that they hope will get more people out of their cars and onto e-bikes. They’re considering an incentive program similar to those implemented in other cities that would use federal transportation dollars to provide rebates to help cover the cost of e-bikes for those with qualifying incomes.

Why e-bike injuries are often more serious than those with traditional bikes

E-bikes, which have a battery, give cyclists more power and speed. They’re also heavier than traditional bikes. These factors combine to make e-bike injuries more serious. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that e-cyclists are more likely to suffer internal injuries if they’re involved in a crash. Of course, head injuries suffered while traveling at a higher speed can also be more serious, so it is very important for e-bike riders to wear a helmet.

Because e-bikes allow cyclists to travel farther and faster, they’re more likely to be used for commuting, which means the chances of being struck by a car or other vehicle are higher than on a traditional bike. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a reckless or negligent driver, it’s crucial to seek compensation to cover the cost of medical treatment, physical and other types of therapy, lost wages and more. Don’t reach a settlement until you’re certain you know the full extent of your injuries and other damages. It’s wise to have experienced legal guidance.