Creating Suitable Helmets for Speed E-Bikes
BRUSSELS, Belgium – In order to avoid by law prescribed use of motorcycle helmets on speed e-bikes initiatives are now being developed to develop a suitable s-pedelec helmet. Manufacturers and designers are currently getting together to get that process started.
That start is with getting to an appropriate list of requirement taking into account the current safety standards for helmets that are targeted to cyclists as well as users of (light) motorcycles like the EC Directive 89/686/EEC for bicycle helmets or ECE22.05 for moped helmets. This is currently taking place in anticipation of legislation that undoubtedly will become reality once speed e-bikes have gained ground and are widely used.
The horror scenario speed e-bike suppliers desperately aim to avoid is the obligatory use of full face motorcycle helmets on speed e-bikes. It is expected that this will effectively kill the sale and usage of this new electric bike category.
There are already suppliers of helmets suitable for use by speed e-bike riders. Like the one from Benelux importer Strada Sport specializing in helmets; the Beon. This is a ski- and skateboard helmet that has a hard outer-shell but with a sports design. With its hard outer-shell the Beon stands out form regular bicycle helmets. – Photo Strada Sport