Companies fear for employees’ safety on speed pedelecs
According to a survey by the VRT news website, companies are far from keen on offering their employees a speed pedelec for commuting. They consider the risk of a serious accident too high.
‘Normal’ e-bike is booming
That is why mobility project ‘smart to Antwerp’ (Slim naar Antwerpen) is planning to offer companies safety courses for both ‘normal’ electric bicycles and speed pedelecs.
“The popularity of the ‘normal’ electric bike is booming”, says Slim naar Antwerpen’s spokesperson, Marijke De Roeck. “That’s not the case for the faster speed pedelec, though. Employers are worried about their employees’ safety. They fear for a higher risk of accidents and they expect people to be incompetent for work for a longer period of time after an accident with a super-fast bike.”
New means of transport
Roby Zahler, CEO of Ecomobiel, also deplores employers’ reservation toward speed pedelecs. “Reason for this reserve is that in case of an accident with a speed pedelec everthing is blown up”, he explains.
“Nevertheless, my clients are using their speed pedelec in a responsible way and they know how to behave in traffic. Maybe this kind of anxiety will disappear in the long run. People usually need some time to get used to new means of transport.”