E-Bike Safety Statistics

In September 2021 we conducted an e-bike safety statistics survey using Google Surveys to identify how dangerous electric bikes are, what makes e-bikes dangerous and the conditions and surfaces where riders feel safe riding their e-bikes.

Question #1: How dangerous is an electric bike?

According to respondents 23.6% find e-bikes are “least dangerous”, followed by 17.2% who believe they are slightly more dangerous than average. The majority of respondents consider electric bikes to be low danger.

How dangerous is an electric bike? - E-bike safety statistics
E-Bike Danger RatingPercent of Respondents
1 (least dangerous)23.6%
28.3%
39.4%
48.7%
511.0%
617.2%
77.9%
83.7%
92.6%
10 (most dangerous)7.6%

Question #2: What makes an electric bike dangerous?

High speed was considered the primary factor that makes an e-bike dangerous, according to 31.2% of respondents. This was followed by Difficult to control at 12.3% and Vibration at 10%.

A large percentage of respondents felt that none of the items listed contributed to the danger of an electric bike. We left out getting shocked or electrocuted, which is a potential risk of e-bikes.

What makes an electric bike dangerous? - E-bike safety statistics
E-Bike Danger FactorsPercent of Respondents
High speed31.2%
Difficult to control12.3%
Vibration10.0%
Motor strength7.3%
Stability2.9%
None of the above47.3%

Question #3: Riding an electric bike is more dangerous than:

With this question we had respondents place an e-bike on a spectrum of danger with other modes of transportation.

Riding an electric bike is more dangerous than - E-bike safety statistics
Riding an e-bike is more dangerous than: Percent of Respondents
Walking36.2%
Running24.6%
Driving a car20.9%
Skateboarding10.6%
Riding a motorcycle9.0%
Riding an electric scooter7.1%
None of the above34.4%

Question #4: What weather conditions is it safe to ride an electric bike in?

Respondents overwhelmingly (71.6%) believe it’s safe to ride an e-bike in sunny weather. Just 8.2% think riding an e-bike in the rain is safe.

What weather conditions is it safe to ride an electric bike in? - E-bike safety statistics
Safe weather to ride an e-bike Percent of Respondents
Sun71.6%
Wind15.4%
Fog11.8%
Rain or Sleet8.2%
Snow and Ice7.9%
None of the above23.5%

Question #5: What surfaces can you safely ride an electric bike on?

66.3% of respondents believe it’s safe to ride an e-bike on the street or asphalt. 53.4% think it’s safe on a sidewalk or concrete. 40.8% consider riding an e-bike safe on wood such as a boardwalk. Only 8.6% of respondents think riding an e-bike on snow or ice is safe.

What surfaces can you safely ride an electric bike on? - E-bike safety statistics
Safe surfaces to ride an e-bike Percent of Respondents
Street / Asphalt66.3%
Sidewalk / Concrete53.4%
Wood / Boardwalk40.8%
Dirt / Gravel22.0%
Mud10.8%
Snow / Ice8.6%
None of the above17.5%

Survey Methodology

Our survey was conducted using Google Surveys and included male and female respondents of all ages and income distributions located in the United States.

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