Cycling – with or without electric assistance – is healthy, clean and fundamentally safe. At the European
"car-free day", the 22.09.2017, an alternative to try out, but also beyond that.
Before setting off with the pedelec, the bike should be checked for roadworthiness and cyclists should make sure that they are equipped according to traffic regulations – this applies in particular to the helmet, when riding the S-Pedelec. On the road, it should be noted that all road users still need to get used to the speed of e-bikes. Drivers can't always tell immediately whether a bicycle is approaching or a faster pedelec.
To make sure your pedelec ride is safe, the ACE, Germany's second-largest auto club and mobility guide, offers these tips.
Practice approach: Pedelecs' starting behavior takes some getting used to. The motor applies differently, depending on the type of sensor installed – both in terms of the strength and timing of motor assistance. With front motors, the front wheels can also slip away more easily. In any case, practice starting up to avoid accidents later on.
Adjust speed: It is difficult for drivers to tell if someone is riding a bicycle or a faster pedelec. You hardly ever assume, especially with older people, that they are traveling at speed 25, but that is exactly what is possible with the pedelec. It is therefore advisable for pedelec riders to adjust their speed to the expectations of other road users if in doubt. In general, pedelec riders should also only ride as fast as they have the bike well under control and can brake safely and quickly.
Ride with foresight: Pedelec riders should always keep an eye on traffic in order to be aware of vehicles approaching from behind or from a side street in good time. When turning and changing lanes, always remember to look over your shoulder and give a hand signal. In potentially accident-prone situations, such as when a car is turning right, it is better to ride defensively if in doubt and give way to other road users.
Test brakes: Because pedelecs accelerate more quickly, are ridden faster and can be used to transport more, they are equipped with stronger brakes. In addition, as with all bicycles, the front brake is often more powerful than the rear brake. It is therefore advisable to test the braking effect on safe terrain, for example on an untraveled road. Front and rear brakes should always be applied simultaneously to achieve full braking power. Extra tip: Always lean your body backwards when braking.
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See and be seen: Light-colored clothing increases visibility. Especially for the twilight and night, reflector strips or reflective arm or. Foot straps. The lighting system should always be checked for proper function and clean before setting out on a trip. If you also switch on your lights during the day, you increase your visibility even further.
Pedelec training – at the ACE: For people who are getting on a pedelec after a longer period of abstinence from cycling or who are planning to buy a pedelec for the first time, special pedelec training is recommended. This is not only a training session for driving, but also a refresher on how to behave safely on the road. Interested parties can register via the ACE website or by phone.