Is a Bike Friday the safest bike on the road?
We just read a really interesting blog post about how E-Bikes are now more dangerous than cars. Though this isn’t actually true it made us think about our design and what we could be doing better as well as what are we doing right.
Well the good news is the decitions we made in choosing the electric assist options we offer also made our electric assist safer than many others on the market.
Our key decitions that improved the safety were:
- To only offer pedal assist as you must be pedaling, engaged with the speed of the bike, in order to get any e-assist. A throttle allows e-assist with out pedaling and the disconection with the motion of the bike requires differnt handling skills for safety than cycling
- To only offer electric assist that boosts up to 20mph. This is a speed that a very fit cyclist can sustain for a long time handling the bike safetly. Electric assist that boosts faster than that require the rider to have additional special handling skills to be safe while moving at the pace a car or motorcycle moves (with out the protections).
These two decitions along with other benafits that come with Bike Friday designs end up with a wonderful folding electric bike that has kept safety in mind.
Our bikes have a low step-over height which makes it much more accessible and we also make the lightest folding bike on the market which makes it the easiest to carry so you don’t have to worry about hurting your back hefting a heavy bike up stairs.
We are curious to see what you think after reading the article. Know that at Bike Friday we care about your safety so you can ride long miles for many long years. We even strongly suggest helmets as it’s a simple way to improve your chances at protecting your most important asset, which is your brain which makes everything else in your body function.
Stay safe and again, please comment below with your thoughts.
Happy Bike Month!
The Blog Post in question here:(just click the image)