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Electric Bike Safety: Why Following Traffic Laws is Essential

Electric bikes are a popular and convenient mode of transportation that offer many benefits, including reducing your carbon footprint and avoiding traffic congestion. However, when riding an electric bike, it's important to remember that you are subject to the same traffic laws as traditional bicycles. In this blog post, we'll discuss why following traffic laws is essential for electric bike safety.

Ride in the bike lane or on the right-hand side of the road

When riding your electric bike, it's important to stay in the bike lane if one is available. If there's no bike lane, ride on the right-hand side of the road, in the same direction as traffic. Avoid riding on the sidewalk, as this can be dangerous for pedestrians and may be illegal in some areas.

Obey traffic signals and stop signs

Electric bikes must obey the same traffic signals and stop signs as traditional bicycles. This means you must come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, and proceed only when it's safe to do so. Don't run red lights or stop signs, even if you're in a hurry.

Use hand signals when turning or changing lanes

When turning or changing lanes on your electric bike, use hand signals to communicate your intentions to other drivers and cyclists. Signal your turn or lane change with your left arm extended straight out for a left turn, or with your left arm extended upward for a right turn. To indicate a stop, extend your left arm downward.

Avoid distractions

Distractions, such as using your phone or listening to music with headphones, can be dangerous when riding an electric bike. Keep your focus on the road and be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert for cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles.

By following traffic laws, you can reduce your risk of accidents and improve your safety while riding your electric bike. Remember, at PhatCat PowerBikes™ | PhatCat Scooters™, we're committed to promoting safe electric bike riding practices. Ride smart and stay safe!

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