A park ranger stopped me and he told me that my Onewheel is a motor vehicle and it is not allowed in the park. I politely informed the ranger that the Onewheel is not a vehicle. The ranger lost his cool and told me to read the signs next time. I told him that I was aware of the signs but still, the Onewheel is not a vehicle. The ranger was still persistent with his decision and his body language signaled that it was time for me to go before things become worse. I rode back home and researched the internet for the definition of motor vehicle/cycle. I knew about AB 604 in California it is a new law but the city can still make their own rules so I couldn't use AB 604 to argue my case. Few minutes later, I stumbled into code 85.1703 and it stated a clear definition of the term "motor vehicle" --
****§ 85.1703 Definition of motor vehicle.
(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.
(b) Note that, in applying the criterion in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, vehicles that are clearly intended for operation on highways are motor vehicles. Absence of a particular safety feature is relevant only when absence of that feature would prevent operation on highways.****
-- I went back to the park with my car and showed the papers to the ranger. He was dumbfounded by my findings and apologized to me in an instant. The lesson from this experience is that the authorities cannot take the word "motor" out of context. Period. Their rules were meant for cars, trucks, golf cart, atv, motorcycle, dirt bikes, etc - not for electric boards. I suggest you all to use code 85.1703 to defend your case if someone tells you that you cannot use your board in the premises because "no motor vehicles are allowed." Please state your arguments in respectful manner of course we have to be good role models and show them we are extremely responsible riders! Keep on riding y'all!!!!