What Experts Are Saying About E-Bike Battery Safety; Bring Them Your Questions!

Thursday, Apr. 6 | 9 – 9:45 am PST

Many in the bike industry are concerned about electric bicycle safety right now, as reports of lithium ion batteries catching fire continue to surface. While the small number of e-bike battery fires is concerning, we at Bikes Make Life Better believe that property managers, shop owners, and consumers can keep their residents, patrons, and themselves safe by understanding why some batteries are more dangerous than others and how to mitigate risk around this issue.

This Online Bike Forum is for anyone who is worried about e-bike battery safety or rethinking policies and practices around e-bikes. Please join experts in the realm of e-bike and battery safety for an extended Online Bike Forum dedicated to:

  • The history and context surrounding e-bike battery failures
  • Why and what kinds of batteries are more prone to fire
  • Why third-party certifications matter
  • How industry players like the National Bike Dealers Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are responding
  • Policies and solutions emphasizing safety and targeting prevention

Meet our knowledgeable panelists below.

We’re extending this Online Bike Forum by 15 minutes to accommodate the Q&A, so be sure to bring your questions!

Dr. Ash Lovell

Electric Bicycle Policy and Campaign Director


Ash holds a Ph.D. in environmental sociology and specializes in collaborative decision-making. Ash has worked with the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and multiple environmental organizations to tackle issues of climate change, shared land management, and sustainability. At PeopleForBikes, Ash leads initiatives that include the e-bike safety task force, the e-bike battery recycling program, and engagements with regulatory agencies. When she’s not building coalitions for PeopleForBikes, you can find Ash riding around the Front Range of Colorado on her electric cargo bike with her two little boys in tow.

Mike Fritz

Chief Technology Officer

Human Powered Solutions, LLC

Mike has spent his entire professional career as an engineer and engineering manager in the bicycle industry. He started his career at Schwinn in 1973 and has since held engineering and senior management positions at several major bike and eBike brands. His experience with electric bikes began in 1997 when he was recruited by Lee Iacocca as VP Product Development for EV Global Motors. He has held positions as VP Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for eBike propulsion systems companies, and as the North American Technical Representative for a major eBike battery pack supplier. For the last 10 years, he has offered his experience and expertise as a technical consultant to the bicycle industry.

Scott Chapin

Managing General Agent

Bicycle Industry Insurance Vertical

Scott is a business insurance advisor with Marsh McLennan Agency. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry and has built insurance programs for both bike shops and manufacturers.


This is a free, online event. Please register below and feel free to invite friends and colleagues. If you have any questions, please send us a note.