Allow Electric Skateboards the same rules as a bicyclist (Australia)
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In 1970 the very first motorised skateboard to appear was called the "Motoboard" which was ran entirely on gasoline. It was dangerous, loud, terrible for the environment and was soon banned.
Jump to 2018 motorised skateboards are safer, much more environmentally friendly by running on a lithium battery (creates ZERO carbon emissions) and are rising in popularity within the Australian public.
In 2015 California LIFTED the 1977 ban on electric skateboards (which has now made electric skateboards a legitimate form of transport throughout California, New York City, and many other states. Lifting this ban allowed electric skateboarders to use marked bike lanes throughout the city, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and the riders themselves.
Currently, you are not allowed to use motorised skateboards on public roads, footpaths or nature strips, only private property. (source - https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules/scooters-and-wheeled-recreational-devices
THE average passenger vehicle produces 4.7 METRIC TONNE A YEAR of carbon dioxide, whilst electric skateboards don't produce any (0% carbon emissions)
By changing the law on electric skateboards and granting the same rules and privilege as cyclists, it is not only:
- Promoting a much more environmentally friendly journey to and from work/school
- Keeping pedestrians safe (by allowing boards to be ridden on residential roads/bike lanes) as these skateboards have the ability to reach speeds of 30KM/H
- Protect riders from cars pulling out of driveways and not signalling their presence)
Please consider this petition and changing the use of electric skateboards on public roads/footpaths as we head towards a greener future.
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