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Small, motorized vehicles to augment walking, bicycling


Benefits & Problems Addressed

Augmented pedestrian travel: Rideables can enhance pedestrian & bicycle travel for faster first/last mile to transit access.

Portability: Rideables are compact and portable. Size/weight range from small single wheel devices to larger motorized bicycles and scooters.

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Types: The range of rideables include (1) small motorized skateboards, hoverboards & wheels, also referred to as self-balancing scooters; 2) electrified bicycles; and (3) scooters (including Segways). Small rideables have a top speed up to 10 miles per hour and a range of 10-25 miles. Larger scooter and bicycles have higher speeds, weight and ranges.

Regulations: Check to see if rideables are prohibited on streets & sidewalks. For example, rideables are illegal to use on British streets. Other regulations include (1) prohibition on highways; (2) helmet requirements; (3) prohibition while under the influence of drugs/alcohol; (4) safety tests.

Fit within transportation planning: Cities & towns need to decide how rideables fit in order to plan and manage sidewalks, lanes & street travel.

Hot Buttons: Rideables pose impact and conflicts with non-motorized travelers. Rideables, in particular hoverboards, are prone to fire and safety hazards from overheating.


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