E-bikes are too dangerous and people are traveling too fast: If the experts from Dekra accident research have their way, beginners, in particular, should be significantly slower in the future. The speed limit could also be based on the muscle strength of the driver, so one suggestion.
E-bikes: Experts call for speed limits
With e-bikes, you can be fast on the road. This not infrequently leads to accidents – especially when drivers are not even sure how fast they are whizzing on the bike path or the street. Accident research at Dekra has now spoken out.
After examining accident data, it is now required that the motor power of e-bikes be limited, at least for beginners. The top speed could be reduced to 15 to 20 kilometers per hour, according to the proposal. Only when the driver has gained enough experience should the artificial restriction no longer apply, says Markus Egelhaaf, who works as a team leader at Dekra accident research.
In addition to limiting the speed for beginners, there is another suggestion, as Auto Bild reports. The maximum speed could be based on the actual pedaling force of the driver. So if you don’t have the appropriate muscle strength, you have to go slower. The focus here is primarily on older e-bike riders, who often use powerful pedelecs that allow high speeds.
E-bikes: the number of fatal accidents is increasing
In 2020, the number of fatal accidents involving e-bikes rose by 22 percent. However, it should be noted here that e-bikes are experiencing a real boom and there are significantly more riders on the road today than in previous years. What should not be ignored is the fact that fatal accidents involving non-motorized bicycles fell by 14 percent in 2020.
E-bike riders are also twice as likely to suffer from wrist or arm fractures. In the event of an accident, you will also have to undergo more operations than drivers of conventional bicycles.