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.
|E-Bike Danger Rating||Percent of Respondents|
|1 (least dangerous)||23.6%|
|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.
|E-Bike Danger Factors||Percent of Respondents|
|Difficult to control||12.3%|
|None of the above||47.3%|
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 e-bike is more dangerous than:||Percent of Respondents|
|Driving a car||20.9%|
|Riding a motorcycle||9.0%|
|Riding an electric scooter||7.1%|
|None of the above||34.4%|
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.
|Safe weather to ride an e-bike||Percent of Respondents|
|Rain or Sleet||8.2%|
|Snow and Ice||7.9%|
|None of the above||23.5%|
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.
|Safe surfaces to ride an e-bike||Percent of Respondents|
|Street / Asphalt||66.3%|
|Sidewalk / Concrete||53.4%|
|Wood / Boardwalk||40.8%|
|Dirt / Gravel||22.0%|
|Snow / Ice||8.6%|
|None of the above||17.5%|
Our survey was conducted using Google Surveys and included male and female respondents of all ages and income distributions located in the United States.
Nick Klamecki is a certified Fire and Workplace Safety expert with 15 years experience in product research and testing. He has a degree in Economics from U.C. Davis, is an active outdoorsman and spent years ensuring the safety of special needs children. Nick researches and tests workplace, industrial and safety products and provides advice on their safe use.