The freedom and fun of an electric bike comes with some responsibility. Before you hit the streets on your GEN3 ride, refresh your knowledge of bike safety so you're prepared.
Turn on the lights
The front headlights on GEN3 electric bikes aren't just to light your way in the dark, they are safety features so motorists can see you. If you ride in the rain, snow or after dark it's critical your bike lights are working so you get noticed.
Dress in bright colors
You can choose to be more visible by wearing a bright or lighted helmet and colorful or reflective clothing. You will find plenty of biking safety apparel to choose from including neon vests, reflective rain ponchos, bright hydration packs and more.
Wear a helmet
According to the Cleveland Clinic, wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury to bicyclists by as much as 85 percent. Helmets protect your head and brain, preventing both external scrapes and internal injuries. Most are designed to be lightweight and breathable so make sure to wear one when riding your electric bike.
Avoid the door zone
When you're riding on the street near parked cars remember to avoid the door zone. Door zone collisions occur when drivers and passengers open their vehicle doors without first looking for approaching cyclists. The best way to avoid the door zone is to ride three feet away from parked cars and stay alert for activity around idling vehicles. Look for taillights, reverse lights and delivery vehicles as you approach a street lined with parked cars.
Know your hand signals
Brush up on the hand signals cyclists use to communicate with other drivers and riders on the road. Right turn, left turn and stop/slow are intuitive signals you can use to make sure others can anticipate your next move.
Use your voice
Adding a bell or horn to your bike can help you alert pedestrians, riders and drivers that you're nearby but you can also use your voice. When passing, announce "on your right" or "on your left" to let others in the area know you are approaching so they don't suddenly drift into your path.