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  1. I like the sentiment of this idea, "create an EUC legality chart", but it is entirely too complex to express in a chart that we can create here. As an example, admittedly a complex one, we have a decently sized community of riders of EUCs and other e-scooters here in the Washington DC area. I live in Maryland but ride regularly in three different jurisdictions: The State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Inside DC alone, there are more than 30 different police forces that I may encounter during a ride. Each one of them has different rules about public safety. DC law says that it is legal to ride an EUC or other PMD like a scooter on the sidewalk, except in the DC Central Business District where it is supposedly illegal. Otherwise we are supposed to ride on the street or bike lanes. However, I have never been stopped for riding on the sidewalk on the CBD and feel like I would be at significantly higher risk riding at 15mph in an auto lane. Plus, a significant amount of the space inside the CBD is in the jurisdiction of the National Park Police or the Capitol Police who don't seem to care unless you ride your (bike, EUC, Segway, scooter) inside the monuments and memorials themselves. We have Segway tours of the sights here in DC, so I can only assume that whatever they allow the Segway tours to do they would allow a private EUC or e-scooter to do as well. That description above is significantly simplified as far as actual law and practical enforcement goes. How do I express that in an "EUC legality chart"?
  2. So back to the topic of build quality, my daily driver is still a KS14C 840Wh which gets me to and from the DC Metro, plus some during-the-day commuting to different offices in DC. It has a sticker on it that says it was built on December 21, 2015. I use a Charge Doctor to avoid full charges on the battery and can still get a good 20 miles on that charge, although I normally top it off each night. It occurred to me that I have never had to open it up to fix anything during that time.
  3. 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.
  4. It sounds like this was an "interstate spur" so the federal government most likely picked up 70 percent of the cost and the state only paid 30 percent. This project was probably part of some horse trading to get the state's senators to vote for some other boondoggle project in other states. Every senator wants to bring home the bacon for their state.
  5. The dog was probably thinking, "THAT WHEELY THING IS TRYING TO CARRY YOU AWAY, I WILL SAVE YOU"
  6. The founder of Focus Designs is Daniel Wood, he seems to be now at Future Motion which builds the OneWheel. If you don't have any contacts at all you might try contacting him on LinkedIn to see if he can put you in touch with someone or provide access to spare parts and repair services if you need them. https://www.linkedin.com/in/wooddaniel/
  7. Yeah a circular track woud be boring! I would go with a bunch of real world obstacles too: Low hanging branches Road sign sticking out onto sidewalk People walking together, taking up the entire sidewalk Jogger with headphones, oblivious Little kid jumping random directions Giant sidewalk crack pushed up by tree roots Car turning right on red without stopping
  8. I've stayed at that Marriott several times and walked that trail along the bay, it's beautiful. This picture of the Benihana there doesn't look like it could possibly be a mile from an airport.
  9. Seems like it has to be the transformer then. You could try putting some coil dope on the windings to stop the vibration. Sometimes just pressing on the windings changes their position enough to prevent the vibration. When we used CRTs and they started to squeal the typical solution was to whack it, and that usually shut them up.
  10. Engineers are strange, sometimes it becomes a contest to see how cheaply you can make something. I worked a General Electric in the factory automation group years ago, we made stuff that sold in the low thousands of total units but high thousands of cost. The hardware guys there had been working in the appliance division before this gig and had that "If we sell 10 million can openers and can save 50 cents on each one, that's 5 million dollars" attitude. The thing is, none of our products sold at a volume where pinching pennies matters. It wouldn't surprise me if the hardware EUC guys are the same, they're cutting costs where it doesn't matter much because of low volumes, and if anything comes back to bite you because of reliability issues.
  11. This is what I felt like selling my Firewheel: *Slaps hood* This bad boy has done 2000 miles in 3 years and is still going! Only faceplanted three times by a little old man in Maryland!
  12. On the downside, my body won't last 50 more years. On the upside, maybe they can preserve my head in a jar like Futurama Richard Nixon and I can safely ride by nodding my head without my jar breaking. I guess I can still faceplant tho.
  13. The danger comes down to the difference in size and speed. It's unsafe for any vehicle to mix with pedestrians when it's going 25mph, whether it's a car, bike, or EUC. Even with no pedestrians in sight, sidewalks are not even smooth enough in many cases to be safe for 25mph travel because they were never designed for it! IMO, bikes and EUCs are small and light enough that they can mix with pedestrians but only at slower speeds, say 10mph. And if you're passing within arm's distance of someone you should be going more like 5mph. Pedestrians do dumb stuff sometimes and don't let you know in advance.
  14. "Credible Assurance" https://www.ada.gov/opdmd.htm
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