Just Plain Stupid

Electric Skateboards, the laws seem a bit misleading!

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Louis, Kalispell MT

 

I don’t own an electric skateboard but, a friend came over to the house with his one day and I
took it out for spin. I thought my ride would last a mile in each direction but no…..6 miles in
and I wasn’t even 20% down on batter power. For the first ride ever on an electric skateboard I
was on one of the very best boards I the world, an Evolve Bamboo GT. Enough said about that!
The ride was spectacular until I saw Red Lights come up behind me, I was getting pulled over.

I was in the far right of the lane, the apron area designated for bikes and cars that need to pull
over. The officer noted I was going over 20 mph steady and according to him I was braking two
laws.

1) I was not wearing a helmet

2) It was at a speed that he decided was unsafe for that type of motorized skateboard.

While I own the helmet thing, I should’ve been wearing one (but I didn’t know I was taking this
first ride) I don’t understand how the mild sustained speed forced me to walk back 6 miles with
out riding it or face a citation.

In so many places it’s legal to ride an Electric Skateboard, and in some places it’s flat out illegal
to really enjoy it. I do understand there are places that flat-out don’t allow it, like Germany for
example.

Why are the laws in this county so inconsistent, and why are electric bikes allowed but not
skateboards in all viable areas?

Would I have to forgo the opportunity to buy a super skateboard like this Evolve, one that climbs hills so amazing or would I have to get an electric skateboard that won’t climb hills and be limited to a low mph or skip the entire thing all together.

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