Mountain e-bike injuries rising
More and more people are being injured in the mountains as they take their e-bikes onto slopes.
The latest numbers from the Accident Prevention Bureau show back in 2005 there were 6,600 accidents with bikes in the mountains – in 2016, there were 10,000.
Health insurers show a similar trend. A spokeswoman for Suva says claims are up 40%.
An e-bike crash tends to be more serious. Daniel Schaffhauser from the association Bike Falcon says e-riders tend to attempt challenging trails which they may have avoided on an ordinary bike and they’re heavier, faster and less agile. That all leads to more serious accidents.