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Electric Skateboard on sidewalk in Scarborough?

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Electric Skateboard on sidewalk in Scarborough?

I live about 6km away from my work, and I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute in spring/summer/autumn. However, as many of you know, much of Scarborough is not known for its abundance of bike lanes or generally bike friendly traffic.

I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute on the sidewalk, and a large stretch of my journey is very sparsely populated with people so it would be mostly clear sailing. I do pass a high school on the way but my work hours are regular 9-5 so there wouldnt' be that many kids either.

Are electric skateboards allowed on sidewalks? I’m generally a fairly careful person so I wouldn’t go ripping around just for the fun of it.
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GTA is generally the no fun zone so think about it this way. Is your activity fun? Yes? it's not allowed.
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chevyz07 wrote: I live about 6km away from my work, and I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute in spring/summer/autumn. However, as many of you know, much of Scarborough is not known for its abundance of bike lanes or generally bike friendly traffic.

I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute on the sidewalk, and a large stretch of my journey is very sparsely populated with people so it would be mostly clear sailing. I do pass a high school on the way but my work hours are regular 9-5 so there wouldnt' be that many kids either.

Are electric skateboards allowed on sidewalks? I’m generally a fairly careful person so I wouldn’t go ripping around just for the fun of it.
Do you have to wear a helmet?
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According to that human powered skateboards are prohibited everywhere except skate parks? That's ridiculous.
TheMaterial wrote: GTA is generally the no fun zone so think about it this way. Is your activity fun? Yes? it's not allowed.
Interesting, so if I hate skateboarding, then the police might turn a blind eye...
Omakase wrote: Do you have to wear a helmet?
I would wear one regardless, and gloves also. And closed toed shoes. However I don't think its mandatory for skateboarders, only bicycling and ice skating I think.
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chevyz07 wrote: Interesting, so if I hate skateboarding, then the police might turn a blind eye...
You got it bud. Every time you see the po-po just look at your skateboard with disapproval then roll your eyes and just act like you're having a terrible time. They'll leave you alone.
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chevyz07 wrote: I live about 6km away from my work, and I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute in spring/summer/autumn. However, as many of you know, much of Scarborough is not known for its abundance of bike lanes or generally bike friendly traffic.

I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute on the sidewalk, and a large stretch of my journey is very sparsely populated with people so it would be mostly clear sailing. I do pass a high school on the way but my work hours are regular 9-5 so there wouldnt' be that many kids either.

Are electric skateboards allowed on sidewalks? I’m generally a fairly careful person so I wouldn’t go ripping around just for the fun of it.
Rollerblade ... or just ride a bike.
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Why not get a wheel chair so you can work on your arms or a electric wheel chair.

Are electric wheel chairs allowed or do they fall under the same category as electric skateboard?
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AV-Fishing wrote: Rollerblade ... or just ride a bike.
I'm a bit scared to rollerblade as I actually don['t know how to skate.
Poppwl wrote: Why not get a wheel chair so you can work on your arms or a electric wheel chair.

Are electric wheel chairs allowed or do they fall under the same category as electric skateboard?
I don't have arms....
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chevyz07 wrote: I don't have arms....
Then how would you control an electric skateboard? I am pretty sure you use a remote to control its speed as well as direction. They also go quite fast.
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Poppwl wrote: Then how would you control an electric skateboard? I am pretty sure you use a remote to control its speed as well as direction. They also go quite fast.
Lol that was a joke. I was looking at skateboard with lean control as that seems the most intuitive for me.
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It looks like it's prohibited from sidewalks but I don't think the police will be chasing you down for doing it unless you are being unsafe. If you want to be %100 law abiding then you can opt to not do it.

I think that hoverboard rule should be just for hoverboard but they made it so general it can apply to ebikes as well and i see tons of people using those
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Poppwl wrote: I think rollerblades, skateboard and rollerblades should be allowed on bicycle lanes. It's the same people rollerblading and cycling.
No. Cyclists and bladers go in a straight line from A>B. Skateboarders try to do some stupid trick every 10 meters and half the time the **** it up and the board goes flying across the street into a car or pedestrian. They're a freaking hazard. Honestly I think skateboarders have some sort of undiagnosed mental defect. They all have it in common. I'm convinced of it.
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chevyz07 wrote: I live about 6km away from my work, and I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute in spring/summer/autumn. However, as many of you know, much of Scarborough is not known for its abundance of bike lanes or generally bike friendly traffic.

I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute on the sidewalk, and a large stretch of my journey is very sparsely populated with people so it would be mostly clear sailing. I do pass a high school on the way but my work hours are regular 9-5 so there wouldnt' be that many kids either.

Are electric skateboards allowed on sidewalks? I’m generally a fairly careful person so I wouldn’t go ripping around just for the fun of it.
Why don't you just get an e-bike or electric scooter? Those you can ride on the road with a helmet, and no insurance or maintenance needed. Plus the minimum distance those would travel for are like 40 - 50 km. You should be good for 1 week with those things.

I'm actually getting one next summer. It's the Emmo EM2 or Rogue.

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chevyz07 wrote: I live about 6km away from my work, and I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute in spring/summer/autumn. However, as many of you know, much of Scarborough is not known for its abundance of bike lanes or generally bike friendly traffic.

I’m thinking of getting an electric skateboard to commute on the sidewalk, and a large stretch of my journey is very sparsely populated with people so it would be mostly clear sailing. I do pass a high school on the way but my work hours are regular 9-5 so there wouldnt' be that many kids either.

Are electric skateboards allowed on sidewalks? I’m generally a fairly careful person so I wouldn’t go ripping around just for the fun of it.

Hi, I live in poland and commute to work on my MajesticBoard every day. The law in here prohibits driving on the street on e-skateboard, but it is not precise enough (yet) to prohibit riding on sidewalks or bicycle paths. As a means of transport, the board will be great. The board allows you to accelerate up to 45km / h and drive a distance of 35km, that is, access within the city as much as possible. For this is ecological and pro-healthy
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lamboman wrote: Why don't you just get an e-bike or electric scooter? Those you can ride on the road with a helmet, and no insurance or maintenance needed. Plus the minimum distance those would travel for are like 40 - 50 km. You should be good for 1 week with those things.

I'm actually getting one next summer. It's the Emmo EM2 or Rogue.


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I would still get some sort of insurance. Just in case.

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