- legal aspects of e-bikes in Germany,
- e.g. maximum allowed speed,
- pedal assisted rather than electrically propelled
- no need for a licence plate or insurance placard
- helmet not proscribed but very highly recommended
- motor position
- Most useful of all for us was the statement that if one hires an e-bike as one leaves the hire station one should securely mount the bottom on the saddle and both feet on the pedals before starting pedalling to keep control of the bike. It is difficult to keep control of the bike standing up with one foot on a pedal.
- discussion on helmets and the Swedish head airbag system.
- one finger between eyebrow and front of helmet
- the down straps should be vertical
- maximum two fingers space between chinstrap and neck.
We then got on our bikes for a half hour ride round very quiet suburban roads with a policeman front and back.
We can recommend this type course highly especially if one has not cycled for some years. If your local or regional police do not offer this course then check out your local bike shop or the local cycling club to encourage them to organise this type of course.