There is a rise in emergency room visits in Los Angeles lately. The cause of the surge is rental e-scooters and e-bikes.
What are the differences and similarities between the electric vehicles compared to their traditional counterparts?
Renting vs. Owning
E-bikes and e-scooters are rented using a mobile app that helps locate the vehicle. Most people who rent electric bikes do not own a helmet. Renting an electric vehicle means that you are not familiar with how to maneuver it. These pose a much greater danger, especially with unexpected risks like opening car doors or a speeding car.
Between e-bikes and e-scooters, e-scooters receive more criticism about not being safe enough because of the small wheels than can easily result in an accident. E-bikes are designed similar to regular bikes. This makes it easier for those who know how to use regular bikes to shift to e-bikes.
Both bikes have the same risk of not being seen. The driver of both bikes needs to wear helmets and reflective clothing so the other drivers will see then, especially during at night.
Speeding Up and Slowing Down
The significant difference between an e-bike and a regular bike is that e-bikes can quickly speed up and stop faster. Gaining speed helps cyclists maintain an appropriate speed if they are going uphill. This can also help if they put off impatient car drivers. E-bikes can stop sooner because the brakes cut off power. Quicker stops help bicycles stay safe.
E-bikes that are not automatic also poses the rider as a threat. The rider might stall the bike or pop the front wheel up.
Take Safety Precautions While Riding Any Vehicle
Electronic bikes and scooters are not necessarily more dangerous compared to regular bicycles. You can minimize the potential dangers or hazards by being cautious and wearing your helmet and reflective clothing.