Self balancing scooter boards have many names: hoverboards, Segways, self-balancing scooters and, among the Star Trek crowd Star Trek fans, personal transporters. But whatever they are called, they now have parents, lawmakers and others struggling to figure out how safe they are and how to regulate them, because in most places the rules have not caught up with the new technology.
Some property Property owners have banned them for liability liability reasons, as it is easy to see how a rider could trip tripped on a bump or unexpected curb. And although they have taken the Upper East Side and other parts of New York City by storm, the state classifies classify them as motorized vehicles that can not be registered to register, so riding them in public can incur causing a steep = heavy fine.
In California, by contrast, lawmakers have tried to get ahead of the problem: A new law effective Jan. 1 will allow electric-powered boards to be ridden in bike lanes and pathways, ideally to help commuters break free from cars and bicycle traffic.
“What we had in mind was the short-distance commuter,” said Kristin Olsen, the California assembly member who sponsored the organization of the General Assembly the measure, adding that the law can be amended amended by municipalities area and private property owners who want to restrict use of hoverboards.
“Riding one of these in Santa Monica is going to be different than in Modesto,” she said.
But the biggest beneficiaries of beneficiaries of the new law are likely to be people like Madison Hirsch, a 14-year-old sophomore at Tamalpais High School here. She saw a friend riding a hoverboard over the summer and wanted one desperately = very much, but her parents refused to buy her a $ 750 one she coveted from Future Foot. So she used money saved from birthdays and Hanukkah to buy one, and since September she has been riding it around town and at her school. One woman scolded her for riding it at the mall, demanding she get off and walk.