How to ride an electric bike safely

E-bike safety has become a hot topic after TV presenter Simon Cowell was badly injured in a fall from what was widely reported to be an ‘electric bike’. We wish him a swift recovery – but there’s no need to panic.

It later emerged that the bike in question was a powerful off-road vehicle with a top speed of 60mph, believed to be Swindon Powertrain’s SWIND-EB-01. While that is technically a type of electric bike, the term is more commonly reserved for a pedal-assisted bicycle – also known as a pedelec (short for pedal electric cycle) – with a small motor that cuts out at speeds above 15-20mph, depending on local laws.

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