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Hey guys, An Idea visited me a long time ago to create a legality map to point all the countries over the world that have a specific positive/negative relationship with Segways, EUCs and other rideable devices. After 6 months of research, I've formed a more/less comprehensive list, which is, however, becoming obsolete quite rapidly. Here's where I need your help! If you spot that your country's status is wrong / has changed / is not mentioned at all, please add a note in the comments. Even more important, please throw in official references to docs if you have access to them online. You can see below that some countries have official documents attached to the status, which is an ideal scenario to build a transparent database of info. The whole thing will become a clickable flash version located on one of our websites (probably a non-profit one). Switzerland (negative, ongoing) Electric unicycles are included in the latest statement, the riders are obliged to obtain a number plate and an insurance; it is legal to ride on the bicycle routes in case these documents can be provided by a rider. The issue persists that there is still no framework to register an electric unicycle, nor place a number plate as a result. The overall legislation is slightly more forward thinking than the one in the UK for instance; however, it still prevents EUC users to legally ride their devices anywhere. https://www.news.admin.ch/message/index.html?lang=de&msg-id=56870 Japan (negative, ongoing) Electric scooters, hoverboards, segways and wheels are being tested in designated areas of big cities and science parks, including Tsukuba City science park and Futako Tamagawa area in Tokyo (Hoffman Japan's private research) Hong Kong (negative) Due to the legal framework originating from the United Kingdom's legislative documents, it is not allowed for electric personal transport users to ride on pavements, roads or in any other public areas. Official press release: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201505/06/P201505060417.htm Singapore (positive) Similar to HK, with the majority of related legislations originating from the British framework, personal electric vehicles were not allowed anywhere except private property. However, early 2016 the Government agreed on the usage of electric unicycles on pavements. http://www.stuff.tv/sg/features/all-you-need-know-about-owning-pev-in-singapore UK (negative) We are all familiar with the situation, here's the detailed explanation http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/road_traffic_offences/#dot Canada (passive negative) Being motorised, hoverboards and eucs are not allowed on sidewalks or roads, but the law is not enforced nor there is any recorded bad publicity. However, several sources state electric unicycles are equal to motorised mobility scooters. Germany (negative) Electric unicycles are banned from the road and pavement usage along with hoverboards http://ewheels.org/sites/default/files/Homologation_overview_Germany_ENG_2015.pdf Netherlands (neutral) Electric unicycles do not fall into any categories described as vehicles at the moment, making them non-compliant to any rules and restrictions. Unlike hoverboards that were recently proclaimed illegal on pavements and roads, electric unicycles are still in a grey area of legislation of Netherlands that classifies a rider of such thing as a pedestrian. http://wetten.overheid.nl/BWBR0004825/2014-03-20 Russia (positive) Electric unicycles are allowed on pavements Czech Republic (positive, ongoing) Electric unicycles are allowed on pavements with the speed not exceeding the walking pace, and cycling lanes with a speed limit of a generic bike. A slightly stricter framework is currently being developed by the road police in major cities. Ideally, the new regulations will allow local authorities to prohibit the usage of Segways and other rideable gadgets in certain areas, coming down to being able to ban them, for instance, in a single particular zone of Prague. http://www.ibesip.cz/data/web/novela-361-web.pdf Sweden (positive) Electric unicycles are equal to e-mopeds and e-bikes and allowed on cycling paths Finland (positive) Electric unicycles are equal to mopeds and bikes and are allowed on cycling lanes as long as they comply with the framework (front/back lights, helmet). They are also allowed on walkways and pavements if moving at a walking pace. http://www.lvm.fi/-/lightweight-electric-vehicles-to-be-legal-in-road-traffic-796805 Denmark (negative, ongoing) Electric rideables are currently under review by the commission and are being tested against stress situations. Luxembourg (positive) Electric unicycles are allowed on cycling lanes and pavements under 6km/h. The rules differ for various kinds of rideables: http://electricity.lu/index.php/fr/legislation-des-vehicules France, Belgium (positive) Electric unicycles are allowed on pavements and walkways, based on Segway European directive. http://electricity.lu/index.php/fr/legislation-des-vehicules Australia (negative) Electric unicycles, along with other light motorised vehicles, are banned from use in public (neither pedestrian, nor cycling paths). However, that may depend on each state's local legislation, which we are looking into at the moment. Norway (positive) Electric unicycles are legal to ride over the age of 16 and under 20kph, can be ridden in pedestrianized areas (walking speed), sidewalks and roads (under 60km/h). https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/f98f2c6a883e4ca1a3874d0c6326fe3e/endringer_selvbalanserende_juni2014b.pdf Israel (neutral) There are no regulations in place neither to prohibit electric rideables nor designate a particular area to use them on. It's fair to assume that electric unicycles are equated to skateboards and kick scooters and should be ridden on pavements and sidewalks. Thailand (neutral) There have been no cases of being stopped by the police or having a vehicle ceased. There has nor been legislations evolving around personal electric vehicles. United States NYC (negative) Hoverboards are banned from the usage on the sidewalks and roads of New York City, together with electric unicycles and electric skateboards. California (positive) , however in the state of California they are allowed on the cycling lanes, a rider needs to wear a helmet and not exceed 20mph, and sustainable motor power of less than 1000W. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB604 Washington State (positive) The bill dated 7/24/2015 specifically states that a single-wheeled device can be operated on sidewalks and residential streets. http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/House/1884.SL.pdf Virginia (positive) With a maximum speed limited to 25 mph, you can ride an electric mobility device on a sidewalk, street or cycling lane. http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter8/section46.2-908.1/ Washington DC (positive) Electric rideables, including electric unicycles, are permitted on sidewalks and cycling lanes, with an exception of Central Business District area. Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) are not considered motorised vehicles (although they are?) http://ddot.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dmv/publication/attachments/May%2017%202013%20Non-traditional%20Motor%20Vehicle%20chart.pdf (If anyone feels like elaborating on the legal situation in other states of the US, we will be able to create a separate map for this) Let's create a comprehensive table together!