Environmentally friendly transportation in the Downbeach towns of Ventnor, Margate and Longport. Bikes, skate boards and scooters certainly help reduce carbon emissions, traffic jams and parking issues.
But do these fast growing mobility machines pose a safety risk to pedestrians, small children and those riding these wheeled platforms? The research says yes.
Heavy, silent and relatively fast. Some electric bikes are tweaked to go much faster than 20 mph.
E-bikes, electrically powered bicycles. In a tough spot. Too fast for boardwalks and bike lanes. Too slow for roads. A nightmare for pedestrians.
On Friday morning July 5, we witnessed a masked female zipping in-n-out on the Ventnor Boardwalk…on a motorized skateboard. Crazy. Minutes later, we just missed getting in the way of a gas powered scooter with no license, using the Atlantic Ave. bike lane.
E-bikes are equipped with pedals and an electric motor. Originally developed to help a rider go up a hill, or make pedaling easier. They can be used as normal bikes when the motor is switched off, or ridden like a moped or motor scooter when the motor is started.
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Some e-bikes are no longer a bicycles, but motorized vehicles – potentially very dangerous for people walking. Pedestrians don’t expect those kind of speeds.
Depending on your point of view, electric bicycles and electric scooters are either blights on the streets of major cities or represent the salvation for metropolitan areas choked by traffic and smog.
Electric powered bicycles going the wrong way down streets, weaving in and out of traffic, ignoring traffic signals, sometimes going up on sidewalks. ‘It’s one thing if a regular bicycle does that – that’s a problem – but an electronic bicycle, it’s so much faster. It creates a real danger.”
In Holland, one of the most cycle-friendly nations on Earth, e-bikes now make up a third of all sales, a trend accompanied by a near doubling of cycling fatalities over the past year. Experts say that, in part, the danger lies in the sheer weight of the new machines, which – with a battery, a motor and a sturdy frame to support them – can cause significant damage.
Riding an electric bike, or e-bike: speeds up to 27 miles an hour.
E-bikes are bicycles with a battery-powered “assist” to pedaling. Most come with a switch that allows you to adjust the power setting from “eco” (low) to “turbo” (high).
e-bikes are uniquely dangerous and the people who ride them are doing so recklessly.
The battery, motor, extra components, and reinforced frame make e-bikes inherently heavier than standard bikes— 20 pounds pr more.
Emergency room doctors asking patients to explain their injuries. A surge of broken bones connected to electric scooters, bikes and skateboards.
Riding an electric skateboard is not safe. They might look like toys, but they have the power and speed of a small electric vehicle or golf cart, without the protective shell.