Marty Backe Posted October 20, 2016 Share Posted October 20, 2016 Multiple times now I've been told, "you can not ride that here, motor vehicles aren't allowed". Once we were escorted out by an authority figure. All these people see the EUC and that it's powered, so they think it's a motor vehicle. Then they get upset at us. In the United States, unless specifically outlawed (like where Segways are not allowed), our EUCs can be ridden anywhere a bicycle is allowed. However, you will often see a sign or a symbol on a map that allows bicycles, but says "No Motor Vehicles". So I finally found a legal definition of a Motor Vehicle. I will keep a small printout of it with me so in the future I can ride in confidence regardless of what someones opinion is. Here's the Cornell University Law School definition of a motor vehicle. This is text from the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (ECFR): (a) For the purpose of determining the applicability of section 216(2), a vehicle which is self-propelled and capable of transporting a person or persons or any material or any permanently or temporarily affixed apparatus shall be deemed a motor vehicle, unless any one or more of the criteria set forth below are met, in which case the vehicle shall be deemed not a motor vehicle: (1) The vehicle cannot exceed a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour over level, paved surfaces; or (2) The vehicle lacks features customarily associated with safe and practical street or highway use, such features including, but not being limited to, a reverse gear (except in the case of motorcycles), a differential, or safety features required by state and/or federal law; or (3) The vehicle exhibits features which render its use on a street or highway unsafe, impractical, or highly unlikely, such features including, but not being limited to, tracked road contact means, an inordinate size, or features ordinarily associated with military combat or tactical vehicles such as armor and/or weaponry. So don't let anybody try and bully you not into riding wherever bicycles are allowed (unless they specifically ban Segway's, etc.). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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