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.