In some respects, an electric bike women is actually safer than a traditional bike. The motor helps you keep up with the flow of traffic, and you can accelerate more quickly out of intersections where most bike accidents occur. While there are risks involved in riding an electric bicycle as well, there are things you can do to manage them to stay safe and avoid injuries.
Step Through Bikes for Ease
Whether electric or traditional, bicycle frames come in two varieties. A step-over frame has a bar between the handlebars and the seat that is parallel to the ground. It is so called because you have to swing your leg over the bar to get on top of the bike. A step-through frame lacks the bar at the top, meaning that you do not have to lift your leg as high up to mount the bike.
The step through bike was invented in the 19th century. It was designed to accommodate women wearing long skirts to help them get on a bicycle without sacrificing their safety and modesty. To this day, some people still regard a step-through bike as a “women’s bike,” but anyone can ride a step-through bike regardless of gender. It can be of particular benefit for people who have conditions such as arthritis that limit joint flexibility and range of motion.
Stable E-Trikes for Balance
It can be difficult to keep a traditional bicycle upright, especially when turning corners. It can be even more difficult if you have a condition that affects your balance. If you have balance issues or are just worrying about falling, you could benefit from an electric tricycle. As implied by the name, an electric tricycle has two wheels in the back instead of one as well as an electric motor. This gives it greater stability. You can sit on a tricycle without falling over even if you keep your feet on the pedals. This stability can give you more confidence when riding.
Another way that e-trikes provide stability and comfort is an electric motor that connects directly to the drivetrain. This makes the riding sensation feel natural. Riding an electric bicycle can make you feel as though you are being pushed if the motor attaches to the rear wheel or dragged when it connects to the front wheel.
Careful Acceleration and Braking for Safety
An electric bicycle or electric tricycle can reach speeds comparable to those at which motor vehicles drive on residential streets. This is faster than speeds that the average person can achieve on a traditional bicycle. It is easy to get carried away and start riding too fast, but make sure your speed is appropriate to the conditions, and don’t go so fast that you can no longer maintain control. When in doubt, err on the side of slower. A faster speed requires a longer braking distance, so be sure to start applying the brake early when coming to intersections. It may be a good idea to practice riding in a safe area away from the street until you get used to how your bike handles.
As with any bike, you should always wear a helmet when riding an electric bicycle or tricycle. Online retailers can explain the safety features of various bikes.