Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, the popularity of e-bikes is growing and they are expected to be a popular Christmas gift. However, a recent accident involving an e-bike has raised safety concerns for riders.
Bryce Moore discusses the rules and safety tips surrounding e-bikes. E-bikes, with speeds ranging from 20 to 28 miles per hour, are definitely exciting and fun. However, it’s important to remember that they have more power than traditional bikes.
The Department of Transportation states that e-bikes can use bike lanes and take up a lane of traffic if necessary. However, riding a bicycle with a motor on a sidewalk is not allowed. There are some restrictions when it comes to e-bikes.
Riders must be at least 15 years old to ride, and there are certain areas where e-bikes are not allowed, such as the Pearl Harbor bike path. Additionally, e-bikes are not permitted on freeways, as they are limited to vehicles with 5 horsepower and above. A recent accident on Kapahulu Ave involved an e-bike rider crossing the double yellow line and colliding with a motorist traveling in the opposite direction.
The rider was hospitalized in critical condition. Helmets are required for riders below the age of 16, and the Hawaii Bicycling League advises parents to have a discussion about safety before considering buying an e-bike for their 15 or older child. Brain injuries are serious and should not be taken lightly. Wearing a helmet is cool and worth it, even if your friends may not think so. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings, how quickly you’re going, and how fast you can reach higher speeds on an e-bike. The Hawaii Bicycling League offers free bike safety classes for all ages.
For more information, visit KHON2.com. I’m Bryce Moore for KHON..