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  1. 4 points
    Now I want to open a EUC dealership just so I can call it "Gotway Goodness" Or maybe King Song Kingdom.
  2. 3 points
    From my experience climbing very steep hills even on the production Z10, it still struggles under extreme load. I haven't experienced what you are describing because I basically never hard brake. Knowing the loads and what can go wrong, I generally don't hard accelerate or brake. But I'm not surprised to hear about any weirdness that comes from extreme loads on the Z10.
  3. 3 points
    So some update. Reduced the air pressure, played around with the ride assisted mode too.. and it seems like it seemed better now.. could not reproduce the issue... for now.
  4. 3 points
    Update on the Z10 , definitely a beast of a machine takes bumps nice and is a super smooth ride ,i started at 30psi which felt nice but i did have a couple of occasions where the wheel wobbled following some cracks in the pavement so i let a bit of pressure out, still a nice ride but i think I'll have to play a bit but either way it's still nice, i did just over 20 miles with 27% left and I've raced it, i hit the beeps a few times ,, easily done tbh it's sturdy , it's definitely a different ride but in a nice way , it's harder work going around corners but it's getting more natural ,,my second day,, only thing that lets it down is the braking it's good on nice long flat roads but going down hill if i had to make a sudden brake in an emergency i wouldn't trust it to much , turning at slow speed is as smooth as butter it feels and looks so elegant turning in circles/figure of 8s ,overall I'm glad i choose this as my second wheel such a fun wheel , here's a video I've done ,i found a little track 😊 bare in mind it's only my 2nd ride 😁
  5. 3 points
    Awesome photo of a group that braved the elements. Everyone is bundled up to stay warm just like us northeast riders. Ha Ha...it was 75 degrees and sunny here yesterday.
  6. 2 points
    As it goes (will try to keep my post brief for a change) I was going for a night spin on my 18XL (first proper, lengthy ride > more on first impressions sometime soon). Have put little over 90 (overblown, Kingsong) kms on it so far, and am not comfortable enough to ride in the congested pedestrian areas or heavy traffic of the city I recently moved to. For daily errands I take the V8; tonight I was finally able to find the time to hop on the 18XL. Had a wonderful 2h ride among the deserted boulevards, streets and suburban areas of the city, getting a feel for the wheel and practicing slaloming, tight cornering, power braking, etc. Even got my very first 40 km/h tiltback. Great night overall! Then, less than 1/2 km from home, at a "T" crossing where I had priority, in a bike lane (painted red on the pavement), a car approached on the right. He had a yield sign. In terms of my visibility, I had the 18XL's headlight, lateral colour-changing LEDs, blinking red light on the back of my helmet, and yellow reflective tape on the front, rear and side of my helmet, wrist, elbow & knee guards. In terms of the situation, there was plenty of visibility and we both saw each other coming with plenty of distance and were both going reasonable speeds. As he approached me on the right, I suddenly realized he wasn't slowing down. When he was nearly on top of me, he still wasn't slowing down. In the end, I had to swerve violently to the left to avoid getting hit, resulting in loss of control, bailing and the wheel falling on its side and sliding along the asphalt; luckily, I'd slowed down enough to land on my feet (and stay on them). [Enter scene of conflict escalation after he started flashing his lights and honking at me to get my wheel out of the middle of the road, him trying to intentionally run me over, and me making a run for it after smashing his front grill and side view mirror] But that's beyond the point The point being: We were both going at a reasonable speed. We saw each other way before I was forced to swerve. Despite seeing me, he didn't slow down. Regardless of whether he had to yield or not, he still didn't slow down until he was a couple of metres from me, despite me being right in front of him. He might have been careless, and an asshole, but no one fancies a gratuitous accident, and reflexes are reflexes after all. So, the only conclusion I can draw is that he'd never seen an EUC before (I haven't seen any other EUCs in my city) and was caught off guard and surprised by the strange sight of the unidentified, luminous, one-wheeled object crossing his path, and was too confused/distracted to react. I actually (think I) caught a glimpse of his face just staring at me, more mesmerised than anything else. It happens a lot that cars stay behind me for longer than they need to, instead of passing me, or pass me slowly, nearly at the same pace as me, just to observe this strange, one-wheeled vehicle they're seeing with their own eyes for the very first time, so it wouldn't be much of s stretch to conclude that the sight of me cancelled out this fellow's normal reaction (to a yield sign AND a very visible object in front of him). Just thought I'd share my story to bring attention to the fact that, for riders who live in areas where people aren't used to the sight of EUCs, the very sight of us can be an added risk worth taking into account. On my part, I plan on being extra cautious from now on when crossing paths with vehicles, even if I have priority, even if it's obvious that they've seen me and we've made eye contact. UROs (Unidentified Rolling Objects) are clearly more than some people's brains can process...so...be extra cautious, don't always assume people will do what would normally be expected to, second-guess everyone, and STAY SAFE!
  7. 2 points
    I have now switched it off and reduce the psi considerably. seems to have helped.. so far.
  8. 2 points
    What! I don't even know the guy. And besides, He's bigger than me.
  9. 2 points
    Somebody at the New Yorker like EUCs. How cool is that.
  10. 2 points
    A couple of corrections. It is 206 deaths not 2016, and that is for all cyclists not just e-bikes. EBike deaths were only about 51. 38 of the eBike deaths were men, and 31 of those were men over 65.
  11. 2 points
    LOL, these are basically knockoff Adidas Springblades Haven't tried before, but might provide the cushioning you're looking for. I can say for a fact that the Nike VaporMax outsoles feel very much like suspension while riding (while still retaining a degree of stiffness, unlike very mushy outsoles like Adidas Boost or Nike Lunar), though I'm not a fan in general of sneakers that ride high like this, as I prefer lower to the ground, plain rubber outsoles, for more pedal feel.
  12. 1 point
    I had to bail yesterday around 18 mph and ended up dislocating my left thumb. I’ve always worn wrist guards +++, leaving my fingers the only thing exposed. I haven’t heard of this injury before but felt that I should share. It is brutally painful so I suggest avoiding if possible. I’m looking for recommendations on thumb/wrist guards if anybody has a set they like? Can’t wait to get back on the wheel. I must be crazy!
  13. 1 point
    I've had it on my msx but not as severe, it was my first wobble on the z10 so i might try replicate it a few times so i know what's happening , there is one thing about the Z10 is that it always wants to stay upright and will wiggle just cause it's trying to get straight I've got used to that now it's just how it is and doesn't bother me, i kind of like that it wants too stay upright at least i know where it's getting back to lol , only on my second day so I've got some stuff to work out 😊 I'm still playing with the pressures , I'm liking the just under 30psi so far though. It's smoother
  14. 1 point
    I am surprised you managed to stay on the Wheel to be honest. You are very brave I am sure your heart was in your mouth! 😂
  15. 1 point
    Yes i have grip tape and rubber pads in mine , thx for the pdf i must of missed this post due to sorting my charger thx marty
  16. 1 point
    You're an inspiration bud! I hadnt seen the Day 2 vid, wish I had a piece of grass like that near me! I hear you on protection, I have armour and pads from my mtb but didnt have any wrist guards. The Flexmeters seem to come highly regarded on this forum so I put a search into Ebay for used ones (£65 new is a bit rich) and 30 mins later a pair popped up! In 'as new condition', £30. They seem pretty bulky to me but I dont care, if anything I think they will help with confidence. I have made a promise to myself that I wont get on my wheel without them. I have had a few spills on Rollerblades in the past with cheaper guards and think I got lucky. The tarmac race circuit you found is amazing. Again, nothing like that where I am though. I will keep looking!
  17. 1 point
    I have found the Nike Air Jordan 4 to be that very shoe for me personally. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a high-top EUC shoe.
  18. 1 point
    @RockyTop I need to make my way southeast to you all for a ride when the weather turns back warm. Sound like a possibility?
  19. 1 point
    @Afeez Kay is your assisted braking turned on in the Ninebot app?
  20. 1 point
    @houseofjob and @Marty Backe does your z10 shudder on hard braking sometimes? Like it’s trying to grab then loses grip then regains it. I nearly came off as I lost my footing. Earlier z10 seems to be more realiable than ones made after August. I am on firmware 1.0.4
  21. 1 point
    If I tecall right Australia is bit bigger than a medium size island...just short of Greenland in size and almost same logistic infrastructure. I could be wrong but...it is on the sunny side of earth, and I live on the cold dark age side where we still have to invent all season EUC friendly pathways.
  22. 1 point
    You must have purchased some rain gear. Everyone looked like they were having fun. Actually it was 70 (indoors) and sunny outside.
  23. 1 point
    Here is an article originally posted by @Circuitmage from last year that I think gives a clue about how regulations are trending in the United States; which in general seems more e-bike and EUC friendly than Europe on the regulation side of things. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/as-e-biking-grows-us-cities-consider-easing-rules-on-where-the-machines-may-be-used/2018/04/06/d20b2f58-3756-11e8-8fd2-49fe3c675a89_story.html?utm_term=.8743f48b619f
  24. 1 point
    Hit me up when you do end up in Singapore, I'm always keen to go out for a ride
  25. 1 point
    I confirm that there is no need to void any warranty seals when accessing front lamp. Just unscrew the side panels, unscrew and upper panels and base upper panels and you can replace the lamp. All can be done using hex key which was provided by NB in the box (the one to screw in the handle and mud guard) for inexperienced person - please reserve 2-3 hours of time. For experienced person it shall be no more than 1/2 h
  26. 1 point
    Lol ! Even "inside" Paris, considering the neighborhood you r living in, you might not be considered a "true" Parisian. So right : once you cross the "Peripherique" you will never never be considered a Parisian at all...
  27. 1 point
    I did not know that. Next time I have a low speed cut off I'll be cursing your name all the way to the ground for giving ME something else to worry about.. Damn you BAAAACCCKKKKKEEEEE thump
  28. 1 point
    Haha, my comment too, was just an info, many times I heard the comment about how little Paris was and I just wanted to make it clear that for some strange reason you can define yourself as a resident of Paris only if you live inside the "Periferique". A few meters away, just across the street, and you live in a different city ... (ps, I'm not French!)
  29. 1 point
    Thats because matt dilley has been trying to ruin my reputation in order to help his friend that owns alpha beta Hes sly dog I had a financial problem that caused a DELAY and matt is doing his best to make me out to look like a criminal to benefit his friend I stil sell euc and i still do the best prices Some models im selling for $800 usd LESS than kingsong europe Thats why im a threat to alpha and thats why matt dilley is trying his best to ruin my reputation. The piece of shit is a sly dog! For those of you that would like a great deal on an euc and want to support the guy that opened the way for euc in Australia by meeting with the ACCC and stopping them from banning euc in Australia all together you can find me on facebook at OZeWHEEL Thank you Dale Walker
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  31. 1 point
    I liked the video, too, though I'm not sure I ever got much out of how the Z10 is. I agree the original Segway was a little "nerdy" but I'm very doubtful it singlehandedly derailed personal transportation for 17 years. And for 100% sure, nobody is avoiding EUCs because a fraction of the units in operation somewhere on the planet say "Ninebot" if you squint real hard. I doubt most people even know Ninebot as a brand has anything to do with Segway. It's hard to judge how the market will perceive something. Those sit-down EUCs are another example... they could be really positive (you're riding half a motorcycle, how magical!) or really negative (you're riding half a motorcycle, where's the other half, tryhard, back at the mothership!?). More likely, it will be a blend of both, depending who is observing. For better or worse, two-wheeled vehicles are inherently less dangerous, and you can't "transform society" with a product that occasionally randomly causes moderate injury to its users. Indeed, I'm a younger-middle-aged, fully able-bodied person, well accustomed to balancing tasks, and I can still feel where my S2 caught me in the ankle when I was learning to ride a couple years ago. Incidentally I never had a severe injury learning to ride a bike, because: 1) it did not actively speed itself up to run over me, and 2) you can put your feet out and still move while you're on a bike. The analogy with bike riding is not quite right, in my opinion... to me it's more like learning to ride, well, a unicycle. One where you must never move your feet. I made a couple posts early last year (one in Safety, one in General Discussion) regarding my ongoing thoughts about making EUCs safer, and a minority voiced any interest in safety... indeed, a couple even said something to the effect that "it's no fun if you take the risk away". I'm not saying that mentality is good or bad, but as long as it persists, EUCs will likely not appeal to a mass market, or if they ever do, it will only be until a major lawsuit causes a flurry of bad press. Of course the promise of life-changing alternative transportation has been around forever. Governments can't do very well integrating ESTABLISHED modes of transit (pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicular traffic), despite decades of effort, so I'm not holding my breath. And of course there's the weather issue. The comparison to the iPhone and Steve Jobs is a bit of a stretch, but I already made this response too long. :)
  32. 1 point
    Last week in downtown Washington DC, I saw the perfect collision between a bike and a scooter. There wasn't a lot of car traffic and the scooter just jumped the red light a bit before it turned green while the bike tried to get through the yellow as it was turning red. The scooter t-boned the bike at about 5mph. Neither one was hurt and they both kind of got up sheepishly realizing that they were both at fault for being assholes for pushing their luck. The lesson of this story is to pay attention to what is going on and don't assume the other car/bike/scooter/person will do something rational.
  33. 1 point
    Probably, meandered in and back out as well . Plus, France has a lot of cool places to live. My son is planning a visit to Nice soon; bet that will be a cool experience.
  34. 1 point
    That'll do for now, thanks! I was mostly looking at the mirrors and some of the lighting. Also thinking about upgrading the brakes on the Ultra to hydraulic.
  35. 1 point
    +5 degrees today. We had so much snow last week and now that it's melting there is water everywhere. 45 km ride. 55% battery left. A bit slower riding than usual for several reasons; I got lost, there was snow and slush and ice all over the roads once I left southern Stockholm. Still no mud guard so I got to enjoy some nice water jets.
  36. 1 point
    Jag tog en full-to-empty-ride runt Göteborg. 68km enligt Darknessbot, 56km enligt Strava. Solen tittade till om med fram några minuter.
  37. 1 point
    Well today did my 1st continuous Km ride going backwards on the V10F It kinda gets a bit disorientating going backwards for that long doing many Fig 8s and circles But getting very comfortable going backwards
  38. 1 point
    I will tell you my situation and postcode bb9 6qd ito see if I can help your in Bradford then that's not to far away I have 2 chargers at the moment 1 is going with the z6 on Monday being collected so my z10 is charged I'll probably not be using it tomorrow if its raining but the weather looks good for Monday so I'll definitely be going for a spin then so I'll need to recharge late Monday night ready for Tuesday so if you want to come and collect it now I could leave it outside
  39. 1 point
    Moin, ich habe mal Evolve Skateboards dazu befragt, die sind recht weit vorne in Sachen Informationsstand ... ----------------------- 'Hi, wie genau man die ABE bekommt ist noch nicht ganz klar. Es soll vielleicht einen einfacheren Weg geben. Sonst muss man als Hersteller eine Anfangsbewertung des Unternehmens machen, und beweisen, dass man die legalen Sachen in gleichbleibender Qualität produzieren kann. Dann wird das Fahrzeug selbst auch unter die Lupe genommen. Aber da bekommen wir noch Infos. viele Grüsse jens' ----------------------- Wenn ich das mal interpretieren darf: Die 'guten alten' KFZ-Regularien möchte das BMVI nicht so recht über Bord werfen. Gleichzeitig ist es auch albern, winzige Bretter und den ganzen neumodischen Kram wie 'richtige' KFZ zu behandeln. Daher so ein Kunstgriff wie die Bezeichnung ELEKTRO - KLEINST - FAHRZEUG. Und daher kann man auch nicht einfach [wie es alle unsere Europäischen Nachbarn sinnvoller Weise getan haben] entscheiden, dass die Teile Fahrrädern gleichgestellt sind, was auf einen Schlag alle Probleme beseitigen würde. Denn das wäre zu einfach. Ich wette, dass am Tag des Inkrafttretens der Ausnahmeverordnung ein neuer Thread losgeht: Gefangen in der Bürokratiefalle - wie kriege ich tatsächlich eine Plakette für mein Gefährt ?!? Aber dazu mal was aus dem Nähkästchen. Ein Arbeitskollege von mir hat sich aus lauter bei Ebay zusammengekauften Teilen ein leichtes Cross-Motorrad zusammengebastelt. Er fuhr damit zum örtlichen TÜV-Prüfer und wurde wieder weggeschickt. Nach zig Versuchen der Nachbesserung war klar, das wird NIE was. Und in dieser verzweifelten Lage gab ihm ein Kollege den Tipp, mal zu nem netten Prüfer in der Nachbarstadt zu fahren. Moped vorgeführt und sofort die Plakette bekommen. Ich denke, wir dürfen uns geistig auf genau so einen Quatsch vorbereiten. In den 'Sachbearbeiter'-Modus schalten, also ganz genau wissen, wie es zu laufen hat, sympathisches Pokerface aufsetzen, freundliche Hilfestellung geben, ohne dem überforderten Experten gegenüber belehrend aufzutreten. Und erst dann einen Schreikrampf kriegen, wenn man die Amtsstube bereits verlassen hat. Anschließend fahren, fahren, fahren. Das kuriert die Nerven. Nordlicht
  40. 1 point
    Reading about and watching people on scooters reinforces my EUC decision.
  41. 1 point
    My son is an exchange student in Paris. I shipped him his KS18L to ride in Paris. He has been advised against riding EUCs in Paris by school authorities. (Originally, I thought the municipal police stopped him ) He told me that school officials read him a French regulation that bans EUCs on public roads. I am working on getting more details and a reliable source to confirm this regulation. I don't want my son harassed over his wheel. I know that there are a high concentration of riders in Paris so I thought he would be okay and shipped his wheel. Now, because of this I have advised my son to sell the 18L and let Parisians deal with their own authorities; We don't need the hassle. At least some lucky Parisian will be getting an awesome KS18L. I will place an actual ad for the wheel today or tomorrow. It's probably better to offload it in Paris anyway. The shipping to Paris was much cheaper than return shipping to the USA from France. I will get him a new wheel when he is back in the US. Still feels like it sucks though.
  42. 1 point
    Well @Joker10 you may be the first to report whacking a squirrel, But I think I'm the first to report a Seagull "incident" Last summer I was riding down a certain seafront promenade for about the 30th time. I'm used to seagulls, but that day was different. As I approached a group of seagulls, instead of scattering in a timely fashion, as they usually do, they lingered. One lingered a bit too long. His 3 or 4 step take off run, took him directly across my path. There was a sickening crunch/thump followed by me slowing down to see what the damage was to the bird. Unfortunately, I had run over his wing, and as he attempted to flee the scene his broken wing flopped uselessly by his side. I was appalled and sickened, I mean thousands of wild birds die every day, but not at my hands/wheel. What made it worse, was it was a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon and there were lots of people who witnessed the incident. One of them, a middle aged man went off at me and my "stupid machine" I pointed out to him in no uncertain terms that it could have happened by a bicycle, or any motorized vehicle up on any of the hundreds of roads of the town. I eventually had to tell him to get the F.. out of my face, or he would be my next victim. The Reason They Lingered: It turns out that someone was feeding the birds with chips (french fries for you yanks) and they were so preoccupied with hoovering up every last one, they either didn't register my approach, or ignored it in favor of greed. The Clean Up: As I rang around to find an animal rescue, a couple how had witness the incident, went after the bird, who had managed, during my argument with Mr. Irate, to wobble off down the beach. They returned soon afterwards with the bird wrapped in a shawl. The guy had some blood on his face where the bird had pecked him . I was still phoning around for help so the woman went off to find a box. She returned soon with this huge box (the only one she could find). Eventually I was directed to a vet clinic in the area. It was quite a walk for the couple, so I offered to take him/her in the box on the wheel. What! it's quicker surely! And besides it was late Saturday afternoon, we were lucky to even find a vet open. The Box Trip: The trip was relatively uneventful except when I turned off the seafront to head into the town. There was a wicked wind being funneled between the buildings. Carrying a giant box with a 500g bird inside was tricky to say the least; I was being pulled and pushed all over the place. I actually ended up wiping out ( and up to that day I had never wiped out on that wheel), tossing said injured bird-in-a-box down the road, adding insult to injury. I did take a peak inside, after that, he was remarkably calm and composed, and standing on his feet. The Vet: Not much to report really. They took in the bird, box, shawl and all, and said they would take a look. I gave them some particulars and left. A way down the road I met the couple who were heading to the vet to retrieve the ladies shawl. I really want to believe that this mostly cat and dog practice decided to "practice" their avian orthopedics on my chip stuffed victim. But logically I suspect they examined the wing and euthanized him humanely At least he had a bitchin last meal. I'm a lot more cautious around birds on the ground now, that was no fun for anyone, and took up the best part of two hours of my day, and the rest of chip bird's life, probably. No, I never called to find out the result, I am happier believing he survived either as a fully healed bird, or a flightless vet surgery mascot.
  43. 1 point
    Targeting kids and making an EUC the next “rite of passage” similar to the bike is good and all but we need to do something about the safety of an EUC first. Kids notoriously push the limits and have no concept of consequences. One cutout on their precious child and mom’s everywhere will have these things banned.
  44. 1 point
    https://forum.electricunicycle.org/topic/11976-ninetool-increase-max-speed-ninebot-and-change-model/ As others have already mentioned - Use this mod at your own risk. I have not tried it on my Z10, but was tempted to when I read about it. I decided to purchase an MSX instead for a higher top speed and will leave the Z10 with its factory settings.
  45. 1 point
    1 year anniversary since my accident. I was hoping my 2019 would start out on a more positive note. My brother suffered another stroke over the weekend and is on life support again. The doctors are recommending palliative care. I’ve never made a decision to end a family member’s life before but I need to comply with my brother’s wishes requested in his living will. The verbiage in most living wills is filled with so much ambiguity. When I visited him last month at bedside he communicated by squeezing my hand. My brother’s living will stated that he did not want any form of artificial respiration or feeding tubes if he was ‘unconscious’ but in my view he was still conscious and able to make decisions on his own so I refrained from removing his life support. The physicians are now recommending it. Was my brother cognizant and communicating his wishes with me last month or did I misinterpret his true feelings? I now feel guilty that I made the wrong decision. He is in constant pain (morphine only provides so much comfort) from an emergency hip surgery and the hip is now dislocated from being bedridden along with his arm and leg being shackled to the hospital bed. I’ve never had a family member incarcerated before so this is difficult for me to comprehend why the prison feels my brother is a flight risk when he can’t move, breath or eat on his own. My sincere apologizes for my story. It is easier for me to share my feelings and thoughts with my second (forum) family than personally discuss them with actual family members. I’m sure my mother and father are looking down to provide my brother comfort and will welcome him home when the time arrives.
  46. 1 point
    Yes, I know what you mean ... here's your report.
  47. 1 point
    Jason has confirmed that he is getting one of these pre-production Nikola's sent directly to me from Gotway. Hopefully I'll have it within a month. Than the testing begins It'll eventually be in @houseofjob's hands for the city testing, but this time you get to wait
  48. 1 point
    Recently came across an article (published in the Spanish newspaper "El Periódico", original in Spanish here) that happens to be the first piece of neutral, non-stigmatising/accusatory news about PEVs I've read in Spanish media so far. I finally got round to translating it into English (the Google Translator version was mostly incomprehensible) Electric scooters: don’t shoot the pianist On the streets, people seem to insist on creating enemies, and PEVs have taken over the role bicycles used to play Cars and motorbikes remain the main cause of accidents involving injuries, by far. For 10 years, Barcelona has done nothing but talk trash about bicycles. They first broke into the scene in 2007 with the implementation of Bicing [public bicycle-sharing scheme], although a small and brave percentage of the population already used them as a means of transportation. Municipal traffic regulations allowed bicycles to ride on the sidewalk as they pleased. The growth of the cycling collective soon caused a predictable coexistence problem. The solution, nevertheless, was complex: forcing bikes to ride on the road, when there were hardly any bike lanes, was the equivalent of putting them in a lion’s cage with their body covered in wildebeest fat. Starting today, January 1, this collective will no longer be able to ride on the sidewalks, which will be reserved for the exclusive use of pedestrians, after more than 200 km of bicycle lanes have been painted on the asphalt. And just when it seemed like some kind of peace was about to set in, electric scooters appeared on the scene, alongside the tragic death, in Esplugues, of a 92-year-old woman who was hit by one of these personal electric vehicles (PEV). They’ve become the new Lex Luthor of road safety. But if one looks into the causes, a wrong decision, inattention or lack of caution was at the source of that tragedy—as is the case in most accidents. It will be up to the judge to decide the scope of the crime. In any case, the e-scooter was only a vehicle being controlled by its rider. But if one were to generically blame someone and base their decision on statistics, the only thing that is certain is that dangers in the city take on other, much heavier, motorised forms. The "social contract" often quoted by Manuel Haro, chief of the Local Police Force’s Accident Investigation Unit, refers to the unwritten agreement between all users who share local streets, sidewalks and walkways. The essence of that “social contract” is to consider prohibitions (stop lights, signposts, etc.) as an act of respect towards others. “I yield so that you can pass”. If one loses sight of that, ‘road karma’ breaks down. And when it’s badly torn is when disasters begin to arise. For that very reason, a great number of mobility experts don’t understand why local governments insist on blaming accidents on the use of old or outdated cars, when it’s been proven that human error is at the heart of the majority of accidents. Haro has often complained about the "sectorisation" of mobility, and how the users of each means of transportation tend to defend only their own space and rights in a way that’s confrontational towards all other active members of roads and walkways. Seen from that perspective, electric scooters are deemed invaders in a gang war. “If we realised that we switch from our motorbike to a bus, from our car to our bicycle, from walking to rollerblading—if we quit grouping around and hiding behind specific vehicles—, perhaps we’d be able to organise ourselves more intelligently and share the same space in a civil and intelligent way”. That’s what local mobility regulations aim to achieve. Since the summer of 2017 they include a section devoted to PEVs, making Barcelona the first Spanish city to regulate said battery-operated devices. On a state level, the General Directorate of Traffic states: by decree, PEVs are not allowed to ride on sidewalks and cannot exceed 25 km/h. A pedestrian city Coexistence on public roads and walkways is particularly complicated in a 100 km2 (38 sq. miles) city that is among the most densely populated in Europe. That is, a great deal of movement occurs in a small space, and most commutes all coincide at the same time—rush hour. The city’s Mediterranean climate also facilitates the use of “outdoor means of transportation” such as motorbikes, bicycles and PEVs (e-scooters, platforms, “Segways”, unicycles, etc.). Cyclists currently make up 3.3% of all urban displacements (more than 151,415 commutes on work days). Despite the fact that this is a low figure, it’s quite respectable if one takes into account that bicycles didn’t even appear on the chart a decade ago. Pedestrians remain kings, comprising 41.5% of all inner-city movements, followed by bus and subway users, and further down the list, cars and motorbikes. This data provides a snapshot of the city’s mobility situation in which there’s no doubt, contrary to popular belief, that Barcelona is, above all, a “walking city”. And not only does that snapshot define Barcelona’s mobility: it also draws attention to a logical vulnerability: that of pedestrians, who make up the largest sector of commuters and are, at the same time, the most vulnerable. In the Catalan capital there are more than 9,000 accidents involving injuries every year. That’s about 25 per day. When going over the data from the past three years, PEVs, as is to be expected, are nowhere to be seen. In January, Municipal Police usually publish an accident report for the previous year. For the very first time, personal electric vehicles will be included in the report for 2018, and authorities have yet to reach an agreement on whether they’ll be broken down into specific PEVs or treated as a whole. The latter case would surely contribute to their stigmatisation, which would undoubtedly be a slippery slope to go down. Bicycles have been under scrutiny for years, and analyses provide some perspective on the bad rap they’ve received for the past decade, which is now being relinquished to e-scooters. In 2017, 67 pedestrians were run over and seriously injured as a result. Among all the injured, two were hit by bicycles, while 23 were hit by cars and 19 by motorbikes. Let’s take a look at the types of vehicles involved in the accidents. Of a total of 19,784 accidents, cars and motorbikes were involved in 15,000 of them, while bicycles amount to 871. In all instances, regardless of whether the party at fault was pedalling or behind a steering wheel, the cause of the accident was a wrong or careless decision. Perhaps that’s where the problem lies: our habit of analysing accidents as if they were “watertight compartments”, which does nothing but feed our perception of sectorised mobility. The fact that regulations aren’t enforced very strictly doesn't help either. And it’s not only the case with cyclists wearing headphones or PEVs riding on the sidewalk, but also with badly parked motorbikes, cars going 80 km/h on busy streets where the speed limit is 50 km/h, or taxis constantly disregarding the boundaries of their lane. In short, and I quote Chief Haro, “the respect that we demand of others when we feel we’re in a more vulnerable situation is the amount we should uphold when we’re the less vulnerable commuters”. It’s just a matter of attitude.
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    Lol, "not trustable", Gotway is notorious for it. The speed displayed in its app is "exagerated" (to use kind word) of about +20%.
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    You could probably get away with monitoring only one of those, but you could monitor at least two sensors, preferably three to get more precise measurements. The two "extra" wires are the power and ground for the sensors. I don't think there's any general color coding for them (could be wrong, though?), so you'd need to measure first which one(s) give the signal, and if you want to use more than one, the order in which they turn on/off (there will be points where two adjacent sensors are triggered at the same time). Then you'd need to measure how many "cycles" the sensors do (there are 6 steps per direction before it starts over) per one revolution of the motor, measure the tire circumference and calculate the speed from that information.
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