As the UK’s lockdown love affair with the bicycle begins to slow and people have been returning to their cars to commute, the Bicycle Association are urging the government to do more to make the public realise that e-bikes are an alternative. As the boom in bike sales during the lockdown had a limited effect on more expensive bikes – e-bikes included – the BA say that the government should consider subsidies in the form of discounts, including e-bikes in car scrappage schemes and slashing VAT on bike products.
German killed and seriously injured data has begun to track incidents specifically where micromobility forms are said to be involved.
The debut dataset spans January to March 2020, during which time micromobility such as electric scooters were involved in 251 personal injury accidents, while 39 were seriously injured and one killed.
Benchmarked against the data attached to cycles, which recorded 12,727 accidents, 2,052 seriously injured and 52 killed in the same period, the trending personal travel format appears to be relatively safe; though at present there are likely to be far more cycles on the road than e-Scooters.