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Mountain e-bike injuries rising

National News // Sept. 13, 2019

More and more people are being injured in the mountains as they take their e-bikes onto slopes.

pixabay Mountain e-bike injuries rising

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.

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