Have you ever thought while skating that the rolling around on four wheels stuff, and the loops to the right and left, are simply too much hard work?
If so, your prayers have been answered: Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 604, allowing riders who are over the age of 13 to use electrically-motorized skateboards anywhere in California wherein bicycles are allowed, including in the bike ways.
The legislation was introduced by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen. AB 604 passed the Senate with a 32 to 1 vote, before it headed to the Governor’s desk on Sunday for his signature. The state had banned the use of motorized skateboards in 1977 because at that time were mostly home built with noisy, gas-powered engines.
Modern motorized skateboard models are quiet and use rechargeable batteries. They are capable of traveling at the speed of up to 20 miles per hour. You can buy one for $599.
The draft law, which will come into force on January 1st, 2016 is aimed at keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe. Local governments retain the flexibility to regulate the use of electrically-motorized skateboards in individual communities.
“The technology of electric skateboards today has led to short-range transportation vehicles that are lightweight, safer, and much quieter, creating green technology jobs and a convenient, fun new means of transportation right here in California,” said Brad Phillipi of Intuitive Motion.
Intuitive Motion is a manufacturer of electrically-motorized skateboards called ZBoard. The ZBoard came about following a senior project at USC which resulted in a 2012 Kickstarter campaign to launch the product.