By Bill Hutchinson : sfgate – excerpt
Move over bicyclists, e-boarders now have the legal right to share your lanes.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation reversing a 38-year-old state ban on electric motorized boards, giving riders of such mobility devices the same street cred as cyclists.
The legislation, signed by Brown on Sunday, will go into effect on Jan. 1.
But e-boarders aren’t shredding with joy just yet. The law gives municipalities the right accept all, part or none of the new rules.
“In places like Oakland where skateboards are banned on roads and many sidewalks, e-boards could also be banned,” said Ryan Price, campaigns director for the California Bicycle Coalition.
The law will give cities the choice to give operators the green light to roll on any “public bicycle path, sidewalk, or trail,” according to Assembly Bill 604, introduced by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto… (more)