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So on my way home from work today I got flagged down outside of an army surplus store by a police officer. I had stopped to cross the street and there happened to be a police officer coming out of the store . He yelled for me to come over ...so I did. To my surprise he only wanted to ask about how hard it was to learn and how much I paid . I think he might actually get one . He joked that I should ride up and see his chief and try to sell him on getting a few for the department to ride around town on . 😀 as we finished our conversation he first bumped me and told me to be safe . Overall a very pleasant experience.
So I’ve beem wondering a lot lately about the legality of EUC usage here in the states. I’ve seen the post about them cracking down in London and heard that China basically has an all out ban on them in public areas so it makes me wonder about the good’ol USA. I am aware of the law protecting Segways , granting them permission to be ridden pretty much anywhere an electric wheelchair can go and basically considering them to be “pedestrians “. I also know that the reason Segway-Ninebot was able to do this is because they limited the speed too speed of most of their products to 12.5mph (roughly as fast as a human being would sprint ) .So obviously most EUC’s wouldn’t technically fall in this category. I am the only person with an EUC in my town ...and as far as I know the only one in about 100miles . I commute to and from work everyday and the police office is 2 blocks from my house . Today I stared going and riding around the back parking lot of the PD/FD (they have cones and stuff that are fun to zig-zag through 😊) and have had really positive responses from them. Even passed out my 2 remaining Ewheels business cards to the officers tonight since they seemed really interested in the wheel . Offered to let them try it out but they said they couldn’t because they were on duty . So with that all said I’m just wondering how law enforcement in other areas of the county react .
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/vancouver-mans-first-ride-on-electric-skateboard-ends-with-600-ticket Same motorcycle cop as harassed me busted this poor guy on a V2 Boosted Board on his way to work. Handed him a $600 fine. Shop that sold it takes NO responsibility for not warning him. How is it NOT entrapment to allow the sale, (with no warning) of a $2,200 item which is then illegal the second he walks out of the store? I have written the author of the piece and sent it to the local sellers, and I emailed LongBoarder labs (who sold it to the victim) to ask if they are going to help us change the law, or just take the money (diplomatically though of course!) and continue to ignore their customers paying a heavy price due to not knowing. Vancouver - Home of the combustion engine and jack-booted law to keep it that way! Don't believe the "green" crap, it's all lies in this city. I'll be next, eventually this cop WILL see me again
I was just out for a ride to the seawall, got a few blocks and a motorcycle cop pulls me over while going from a road to a park. He asks me how long I have been riding the wheel, I tell him a month or more. He says that in Vancouver, it is illegal to ride these EUCs anywhere in the city. No sidewalks, bike trails, bike lanes, nothing. He says he could give me a $530 fine for riding it in Vancouver if he sees me again! He says they are classified as motor vehicles and cannot be insured either. I just spent $1400 cdn on this wheel, it's my commute to work, and my absolute favorite thing in the world and the cop says i will be fined $530 (which I cannot afford) if he sees it again! $#@%!!!! So now I am faced with not riding a brand new wheel, or facing an unpayable fine if I do. If you live in Vancouver or BC, or just give a damn for some reason, please email the Mayor's office, it's easy! http://vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-mayor-robertson.aspx 604-873-7621 Media relations firstname.lastname@example.org Address Gregor Robertson, Mayor 3rd Floor, City Hall 453 West 12th Ave Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4 I have not felt so absolutely devastated in a long time, I LOVE gliding my wheel! /Seppuku