FINDING THE BEST E-BIKE HELMET FOR YOUR NEEDS


THE RISE OF THE ELECTRIC BIKE

Here’s a fun fact that we discovered while scouring the edges of the internet researching this article: The first electric bike designs were patented in 1895 by a forward-thinking inventor in Ohio named Ogden Bolton, Jr. It’s clear that Ogden was onto something all those decades ago. E-bike ownership has gained serious momentum in the last decade. So much so that Deloitte reported more than 400,000 e-bikes were sold in 2018. Ogden would be proud!

So, why the big boost in electric bike interest? For starters, the commute. Americans spend an average of nearly 30 minutes commuting by car each way. In some large cities, that commute is even longer (LA, we see you). Until we reach a Jetson-esque era where we’re flying aerocars around, the best way to breeze through traffic is by biking or riding an electric bicycle. An appealing benefit of riding an e-bike is the pedal-assist capability (aka pedelec) that allows you to ride at higher speeds. That means you’ll arrive at your destination faster yet you won’t be covered in sweat or need to awkwardly look for a place to change clothes.  

We’d be remiss not to mention climate change. It’s another major reason why commuters and other types of riders are turning to more eco-conscious modes of micro mobility. Electric bikes and other e-powered options such as electric scooters and electric skateboards are greener alternatives to gas-powered vehicles that release harmful carbon emissions into our precious atmosphere.       

IS A HELMET REQUIRED WHILE RIDING AN ELECTRIC BIKE?

There’s no short answer to this question. Each state has its own bicycle helmet laws for e-bikes. It also depends on what type of e-bike that you ride. Here’s a breakdown of the class types:

  • Class 1 e-bike: Pedal assist bikes that reach moderate speeds of no more than 20 MPH.
  • Class 2 e-bike: Throttle-controlled bikes that reach moderate speeds of no more than 20 MPH.
  • Class 3 e-bike: Pedal assist bikes that reach high speeds up to 28 MPH.

And here’s a handy table to help you determine whether or not your state requires the use of a bike helmet while you ride your e-bike. 

 

Official Source: https://www.explorethousand.com/blogs/journal/best-electric-bike-helmets


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