The electric motor in a e-bike gives extra power as you pedal, making everyday rides easier.
If you're new to e-bikes, keep in mind they are heavier and often faster than regular bikes. Get used to the differences before riding in traffic. As with any bike, you'll want to have confident handling, good lane positioning and know how to be seen by drivers.
What e-bike training is available?
Some professional instructors have specialist knowledge related to e-bikes. What they offer includes:
- Workplace training and assessment programmes
- Guided e-bike rides
- Public events to try out e-bikes
- Private tuition
About workplace training
More workplaces are setting up e-bike fleets for staff use, whether to get to a meeting across town or to deliver small goods. If you're planning such a move, think about:
- selecting suitable bike models
- bike-handling and on-road riding skills for your staff, and assessing their competence to ride
- having rules around acceptable use — like with your existing vehicle fleet
- planning safe routes
- having regular check ups by an e-bike mechanic
- Nominating e-bike champions in the workforce who can promote best practice and induct newcomers
Professional instructors can help or advise on all these steps.
Find out more for yourself
BikeReady has advice online about riding e-bikes.