Electric bicycles are a popular way to get around in many large cities and beach communities. They provide an affordable means of traveling to and from work, as well as an easy way to see the sights for tourists. Electric bikes are simple to operate for people of all ages, but are they really safe to ride?
As defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, electric bicycles are considered low-speed electric devices with two or three wheels and two foot pedals. As the pedals rotate, they power a low-speed 750-watt motor that propels the bicycle forward. At full speed, most electric bicycles can reach a maximum speed of about 20 miles per hour with a rider that weights up to 170 pounds.