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Has anyone any experience of Riding their wheel in France?

eg. whats the law there?

or is it similar to UK eg.

Keep off the roads, Footpath (still a grey area) parks and private land Ok with permission.

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No  direct experience, but based on the urban360 map website france has the highest concentration of EUC riders of any city outside Asia, so I think it should be pretty uneventful regarding the law, I imagine the police have seen many many EUC 

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I live and ride in France. Near Paris. We ride on sidewalks or bicycle paths.

I've met policemen 3 times and no problem until now with the law. From what i've read on the french forums nobody has been fined or even warned about it.

Future may change things but for now our life is quite serene.

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Any country where they do Segway tours (which use both pavement/footpath/sidewalk as well as roads) in their capital city is likely to be absolutely fine for eucs.

Regardless of what any dated legislation may or may not say. 

Im looking forward to taking my Lhotz to Madrid, Paris and Barcelona in the future once it arrives. Beautiful cities and have done awesome Segway trips there in the past ?

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I have been riding about 1000km in Paris. No problems with officials. Once I was asked to step down by a ticket inspector while riding in the metro gangways (followed by all kind of kind questions about the device). Once I was asked to step down while riding in a park (and where I wouldn't have expected it). Even the French can be occupational at times. 

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Hi,

Officially, the EUC are still not allowed on the public domain. Now practically speaking, except 1 or 2 towns where politicians try to make buzz with it, they is a kind of gentleman agreement with allow us to ride peacefully. Most of the people even didn't know it exist and this includes the police. When they stop riders for a "control", this is (still) by curiosity...:-)

Enjoy.

F.

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52 minutes ago, TomK said:

You live in EUC paradise :)

So far, so good.

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Isn't that cool in Germany? I actually live close to the border with your country and ride over there time to time on Mosel banks. Never questioned myself whether or not this is somehow risky...:ph34r:

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It depends on the area in Germany. Especially in Bavaria it can happen, that an overzealous policeman confiscates your EUC and later on you get a high fine for driving without insurance. Despite the fact, that it’s hardly possible to get an insurance.:(

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Hi all 

in France we are considere has SUPER WALKER , you can drive on sidewalk and bicycle road on a normal speed.

 

WELCOME TO FRANCE 

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@tree if you come to Paris , please connect to my facebook page name gyroroue-shop. We sharing there EUC'rs evenement  .... Since june we met every fridays  and more .... Will be happy to show you Paris.

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On 12 November 2015, sylvere said:

Hi all,

in France we are considere has SUPER WALKER , you can drive on sidewalk and bicycle road on a normal speed.

WELCOME TO FRANCE

Yes and No. Officially, yes, we're super walkers on sidewalk but then we're supposed ;)  to ride 6 km/h max...which is not really what we can consider as normal speed for most of EUCs

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Well just back from France. Road my wheel all over the place on footpaths, roads and there are so many bike tracks around that I used those a lot.

I even rode past Police but they were mostly busy with the terrible thing that happened in Paris. 

It was fantastic to ride around small towns and some campsites everyone I met was positive and wanted to know how it worked what it was called etc.

As we traveled across the channel by ferry we had no difficulties with batteries like on aircraft.

I may have just been lucky, but if you use common sense and ride courteously the chances of being told off or worse are small.

Would definitely take the wheel again most people just smiled.  

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Great! Happy to read you enjoyed your stay in France. You're right, riding courteously is the key

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A couple of Sunset pictures at Cap Ferrat in France.

We had a great time riding around France.

Dune du Pilat in the background. 

 

Cap Ferrat.jpg

Cap Ferrat2.jpg

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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 :efefc8626c:) 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.

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@Lutalo, I want to assure you via my personal experiences (plural), that it's not likely your son will be hassled. Courtesy, respect, and strength in numbers are what EUC and most any electric vehicle riders in France in general, and Paris in particular have. I've been many times there, and 'no probs' by authorities. There are also several euc organizations in Paris, and I've ridden with them in the past.  These groups are passionate, and 'very' well organized.   By the way, I'm a native New Yorker living in Switzerland (5 yrs now). France is a hop n skip from me by car or train. And either of these transport ways are also problem free with EUC's.  I hope this adds some assurances for you and your son.  If you still have any doubt, have him contact any of these eWheeler groups for guidance. Till then, I wouldn't sweat it.

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On 2/8/2019 at 12:40 PM, Lutalo said:

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 :efefc8626c:) He told me that school officials read him a French regulation that bans EUCs on public roads. 

That is a bummer! I’ve seen videos of many  people riding around Paris. Hopefully some French riders on the forum can offer some guidance. I would hate to see you go through all of that trouble selling the KS18L only to find out the school authorities were misguided. 

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