Are smart bikes, electric bikes, scooters street legal?
- Anonymous7 months agoFavorite Answer
In my opinion, no they are not but they're being allowed because of a technicality in certain city laws. City officials should update the city ordinances and close any loophole that exists to stop this public nuisance. By not doing anything, they're putting people in danger because these electric devices aren't street legal at all. There was a report that these devices have caused injuries and even deaths. This in itself should prompt our city officials to have them banned. But if they want to allow them in our street, then there should be strict regulation put in place. For example, they should force the companies (that rent them) require their customer to have a license before usage. That would mean that customers should have to take a drivers course in order to get a license (just other vehicle licenses), wear required protective gear, get a insurance for accidents, etc. If they fail to do this, then the companies renting them should be held liable for their customer’s actions.
The dangers from these electric devices can be seen daily in the street and in the news. I've seen people drive them recklessly on the street, cut off cars, hit people and run away, and in the news it was reported that criminals were using them to commit theft. On the internet, there were also reports that these devices were easily hacked. Recently in the news, it was reported that a person was beaten to death with one of these things that was lying on the sidewalk. I've also seen children using them like it were a toy (these things are not a toys). Also, the customers just dump them anywhere when they finish using them: on the street, blocking the side walk, on private property, etc., all of which is illegal.
The cities should just ban them because these devices are just to much of a liability for the general public.
- curmudgeon55Lv 77 months ago
Maybe, depends on ACTUAL, bike, etc and ACTUAL LEGAL AUTHORITY. What in hell is a Smart Bike? something that is a virtual bike on phone or needs a smart phone to ride? - don't laugh, In USA couple cities there are some 'bird' "scooter' that are rented to smart phone users with the app and often driven on street with bicycle lane marks. Another is a bicycle with a steering lock that is rental through smart phone app, Paypal. Public nuisance and the company that put them on street kiosks was sued in Seattle or Portland for creating public nuisance and health hazard. Pedestrian tripped over one, had bone breaks, treated at ER in city hospital and city sued for cost of treatment just like they would sue a uninsured motorist hitting a pedestrian. That why you're asking about legality?
- Anonymous7 months ago
That depends on their specifications especially here in Britain since they are restricted to 15.5 mph and you need to be age 14 and over to ride them.
- JetDocLv 77 months ago
NO. They follow the same rules as regular bicycles.
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- DimoLv 57 months ago
"Smart bike" is unknown. Electric bike can be legal or not depending on the motor.
But a scooter is street legal anywhere in the world --
- Anonymous7 months ago
depends on the city, but no license needed where I live ...............
- .Lv 77 months ago
It depends on the specifications and locality.