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Cherry Quoted in Grist on E-bike Safety

Professor Chris Cherry was recently quoted in Grist discussing the increase in rider injuries that have accompanied the growth in the sale of e-bikes.

According to the story, the federal Consumer Protection Safety Commission identified a fire hazard in almost half of the 59 e-bike incidents that it chose to investigate last year. It also estimated there were nearly 25,000 emergency room visits for e-bike injuries more broadly in 2022.

That has prompted calls for manufactures to have their products certified. However, Cherry cautioned that isn’t a magic elixir.

“The highest risk factors are crashes or falls on the road,” Cherry said. “A certified battery, or certified something else, isn’t going to solve those problems.”

Read more on Grist.