On Tuesday, Accolmile attended a sharing session where the host mentioned something that deeply resonated with me. He said that bicycles have tremendous potential in China, but a key factor affecting their future development is cycling safety. China possesses all the necessary conditions to become a developed cycling nation. However, Chinese policies prioritize ensuring the safety of all individuals, and if cycling is perceived as dangerous, it may face policy barriers. A reporter asked the host why he reached such a conclusion. The host responded that almost every developed cycling nation has experienced similar situations, and China is no exception. The host also emphasized that ensuring cycling safety requires the collective efforts of everyone involved.
In China, dedicated cycling facilities are still under development, and many cycling services are inadequate. As a result, cycling safety has not been fully ensured. In contrast, in Europe and North America, cycling infrastructure is well-established, providing lower resistance for cyclists. However, Accolmile still believes that certain fundamental theories regarding cycling safety are essential.
So Accolmile hopes to share once again some fundamental theories on improving cycling safety that everyone knows. Our understanding is that all cyclists should not only be aware of these theories but also genuinely put them into practice.
Wear Appropriate Safety Gear
Always wear a well-fitting helmet to protect your head in case of a fall or collision. Consider wearing reflective clothing to improve your visibility, especially when riding at night.
Understand Your E-bike
Familiarize yourself with the specific features and controls of your e-bike, such as the throttle, pedal assist modes, and braking system. Read the manufacturer's instructions and user manual to understand how to operate your bike safely. You really need to be familiar with all e-bike operations, because only then will you be able to handle emergencies when they happen.
Start Slow and Practice
If you're new to e-bikes, take some time to practice in a safe and open area, such as a parking lot, to get used to the bike's acceleration, braking, and handling characteristics. Gradually increase your speed and confidence as you become more comfortable.
Be aware of your surroundings
Pay attention to your surroundings at all times. Be aware of other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. Use your mirrors, if available, to check for traffic behind you before making any maneuvers.
Obey traffic laws
Treat your e-bike like any other bicycle and follow all traffic laws and regulations. Stop at stop signs, yield to pedestrians, use appropriate hand signals for turning, and stay in the designated lanes. Remember that some jurisdictions may have specific rules regarding the use of e-bikes, so familiarize yourself with local regulations.
Be cautious and anticipate potential hazards. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially large ones, and be mindful of blind spots. Stay visible by using lights, reflectors, and brightly colored clothing.
Use appropriate speeds
Be mindful of the maximum speed your e-bike can reach. Avoid riding at excessively high speeds, especially in crowded areas or on uneven terrain. Use the pedal assist modes judiciously, matching your effort and speed to the road conditions.
Practice smooth braking and acceleration
E-bikes can have quicker acceleration compared to traditional bicycles. Gradually apply throttle or pedal-assist, and be smooth when braking to maintain control of your bike. Sudden acceleration or braking can increase the risk of losing control.
Maintain your e-bike
Regularly check your e-bike for any mechanical issues or signs of wear. Keep the tires properly inflated, ensure the brakes are working correctly, and maintain the battery according to the manufacturer's guidelines. A well-maintained e-bike is safer to ride.
Consider additional safety accessories
Depending on your riding conditions and preferences, you may want to consider additional safety accessories such as rear-view mirrors, front and rear lights, and a bell or horn to alert others of your presence.