59 here- sidewalks are a lot harder than I recall back in the days of metal skate wheels!
Posts made by mdwatson1957
RE: Legal issues with riding and law enforcement
I've done some additional research - quite a few states have laws for "EPAMDs."
-Many states define EPAMDs in terms of both an average power rating AND maximum speed (WA,MO, MI,TN,OK,IN,NJ,WV,NE,UT,AL,FL,GA,AZ,NM, IA, OH,,).
-Other states just define EPAMDs in terms of maximum speed without reference to average power ratings (OR,KS,NH,NV, ME,TX,Il,DE,WI,MN,MD,NC,ID,MT,KS,AK,HI,RI,MS).
-one state only uses an average power rating without regard to maximum speed (VT)
-one state uses a "not more than" average power rating plus maximum speed (NY)
-one state uses "no more than" a defined power rating without reference to maximum speed (CO)
-two simply define the term as a self-balancing electric device without referring to average power rating or maximum speed (D.C., PA)
-California is unique in that it uses a "not more than" average power rating plus maximum speed BUT has a 20-inch depth (length?) limit.
BY VIRTUE OF A 2015 AMENDMENT WASHIGNTON STATE IS THE ONLY STATE I HAVE FOUND THAT DEFINES AN EPAMD AS INCLUDING A ONE WHEELED DEVICE. ALL OTHER STATES (AND WASHINGTON) USE A DEFINITION THAT ONLY INCLUDES NONTANDEM 2 WHEELED DEVICES.
Here is a link to the Segway state law summary: http://www.segway.com/support/regulatory-information
Legal issues with riding and law enforcement
In Washington an "electric personal assistive mobility device" (EPAMD) is defined as "a self-balancing device with one wheel designed to transport only one person by an electric propulsion system with an average power of 2000 watts (two and two-thirds horsepower) having a maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such propulsion system, of twenty miles per hour." RCW 46.04.1695.
Can anyone or OW provide a certificate or other authority that the OW meets this watt/horsepower definition?
By statute EPAMD's can be operated on roads (except for fully controlled limited access highways. RCW 46.61.710(3). EPAMDs are not prohibited from being operated on sidewalks. Id.
EPAMDs "shall obey all speed limits and shall yield the right of way to pedestrians and human-powered devices at all times. An operator must also give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian. Except for the limitations of this subsection, persons operating an EPAMD shall have all the rights and duties of a pedestrian." RCW 46.61.710(7).
State and local governments may prohibit operation of EPAMDs on public highways where the speed limit is greater than twenty-five miles per hour. RCW 46.61.710(8)(a).
Local governments may also restrict speed of EPAMDs in areas with congested pedestrian or nonmotorized traffic but such areas must be designated by the City engineer or his designee. Local governments may not restrict EPAMD speed in entire communities or areas with infrequent pedestrian traffic. RCW 46.61.710(8)(b).
Local governmets may regulate operation of EPAMDs within the boundaries of recreation areas, open space areas, habitat areas, trails, or conxervation areas. RCW 46.61.710(8)(c).
An EPAMD "is not considered a motor vehicle." RCW 46.04.320.
RE: "For Non-Motorized Use Only"
In Washington the OneWheel appears to fit the statutory definition of an "electric personal assistive mobility device" (EPAMD). By statute it can go anywhere a bicycle can go (including sidewalks), except that local governments may regulate their use (1) in any area used for recreation, habitat, trails, open space, or conservation purposes, (2) on streets with a speed limit greater than 25 mph, or (3) speed restrictions (not prohibitions) in areas with congested pedestrian/non-motorized traffic.
Also, I have seen private trail systems where motor vehicles are prohibited, or where skateboards and scooters are prohibited. It depends what the definition of these items are. In Washington EPAMD's are specifically excluded from the definition of "motor vehicle". A OneWheel is not a skateboard nor is it a scooter (which is defined as having a handlebar).
You need to check state and local laws on this.
RE: Can OW be insured against theft or damage through home or renters insurance?
Call your insurance agent. It may be considered a motor vehicle which requires it to be under your auto policy.
RE: U.S. government declares hoverboards unsafe
@boomtho Yes - ground shipping. The Onewheel battery is of a different type than the flamers you see on the news but the airlines are being very cautious until the testing and certification process alleviates the concerns. Perhaps a UL certification labeled "Airline Approved" would work - but the airlines industry would need to be on board first.