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Earlier this year I sent an email to a state legislator, asking him to look into updating the "Electric personal assistive mobility device" part of the transportation law that allowed Segways to operate anywhere pedestrians go by allowing EUCs. The Arizona law unfortuitously defined them as "two nontandem wheeled" devices. I think my email was ill-timed, since it was right before the legislative session. I'm trying again, and sent the following email to my state senator and two representatives in our legislature: I have been riding a new form of self balancing vehicle around North Scottsdale for seven months now, but the vehicle's status is not recognized in the legal definition of "Electric personal assistive mobility device" in A.R.S. 28-101 (22). The device, a Ninebot One, manufactured by the owners of Segway, fits ALL of the criteria for an "Electric personal assistive mobility device," except it has one wheel instead of two. It is designed to transport one person, goes slower than 15 MPH, it is electrically propelled, but it has one wheel. The device is rapidly gaining in popularity, and soon there will be hundreds on the roads or sidewalks, with no guidance for law enforcement. Please have the Legislative Council look into updating the law, perhaps simply by removing the the word "two" from the definition at A.R.S. 28-101 (22). Please feel free to call me if you have any questions. This time I hope to get an answer and perhaps some action during the next legislative session. Has anyone else made an attempt to contact their legislators to get their state laws updated? I live in Arizona, and our legislature has a web page to help identify your own district's law makers: http://www.azleg.gov/alisStaticPages/HowToContactMember.asp Your state legislature may also have a similar resource, along with an up-to-date version of your states statutes. Feel free to use my sample email to inform your legislators about the need to change the law, if EUCs are not addressed. And -- if you happen to live in Arizona, use the above link to help you contact your Arizona elected officials!
Hi, As of now DC law only allows Segways to be driven on the street. The unicycle is fuzzy and the electric kick scooter is not legal. I have been stopped. I am in contact with a board member but need some laws to reference. I have seen Main and California. So looking for laws and in particular good laws I can point to and say "Just do this". Also is anyone aware of safety studies with one wheel electric scooters. Thanks all
Hi, I have a quick question for the more experienced riders here. Actually, I'd be interested in anyone's opinion. Do you ride on the sidewalk? on the street on the right side? (with traffic in the USA) or on the street on the left side? (against traffic in the USA) I'm starting to get used to errands and commuting on the wheel, and I'm not sure where I am best for safe travel. I prefer the street, on the right, with traffic. The sidewalks in town are terrible for wheels: roots, gaps, bricks, drops, freeze heaves, etc. However, when there is a stretch of nice sidewalk, I jump on it. On some smaller roads where the cars have to squeeze by, I ride on the left facing traffic. Personally, as a powered wheeled (wheel?) vehicle, I think I belong in the road, moving with traffic, like a bike/ebike. Any strong agreement/disagreement?
I propose that we advanced in the ideal laws for the EU. So, we can colaborate in the future reflexion in our countries. What do you thing about helmet, max speed, ride in the street or in the sidewalk, share lane with bikes... Other important thinks to consider.