It’s been noted by companies in the delivery field that their top priority is driver safety. Delivering a load is a difficult and dangerous job. Bikes don’t have nearly the same range of motion as a traditional delivery vehicle and can easily get off track. Bikes can easily be damaged, not to mention the sheer exhaustion of carrying a heavy load over long distances. Add to this the threat of theft, and you’ve made the odds against sending a bike a cargo van like the electric bike delivery vans of today.
While some delivery companies have incorporated the use of delivery vans with truck mounted pneumatic tires, these vehicles are expensive and inefficient. They’re more suited for heavy hauling than passenger transportation, and even though there are some lightweight alternatives available for trucks now, the sheer size of the tires makes them too risky for use in passenger transportation on many occasions. Bikes, on the other hand, can be used for all purposes. There’s no need to sacrifice speed for safety.
So what does that leave for an electric bike company? There are plenty of options available to them when it comes to power. Some have evolved from the older style motorbikes into electric designs. Other models run on battery packs, or they run off of small internal engines. The power source could be anything from a small electric engine to a set of bicycle tires attached to the frame.
Of course, the best technology is always going to need to be linked to safety. It’s critical for bike delivery companies to make sure that their delivery vans can handle the weight of a bike. If the bike falls off, it could crash and seriously injure the people inside. Even if the bike works properly, if it falls off, it could roll in a fashion that would crush someone, or worse, smash up the vehicle. Even if the bike manages to ride itself to its destination, there’s no guarantee that the bikes will stay upright or remain balanced on the truck.
That’s why electric bike technology for delivery has gone beyond fancy, small pneumatic tires and shock absorbers. Many manufacturers have gone the extra mile, adding features like automatic braking and stability control to make the bikes safe and secure. These are often features available only to more expensive, top-end models.
Today’s most advance electric bikes come standard with all-round safety harnesses and knee pads. They also come standard with ABS brakes and front and rear shocks. Some companies offer optional accessories like windshields, mirrors and seat belts. In addition, some companies have added other safety features that add comfort and further improve safety: vibration sensors, front and rear seat kickouts, and dual suspension.
This safety technology makes electric bikes the best choice for anyone planning a long trip. But even a short one doesn’t have to go it alone. Make sure that your delivery company includes this type of technology. You and your bike can both get the best possible trip. And you can avoid the discomfort, aggravation and injuries that come with not having the right technology.