The NYPD has announced that hoverboards are illegal on sidewalks and streets in NYC.
Things to note here: 1. the NYPD, who announced they were illegal, does not actually pass laws. 2. the law they referred to, when pressed on the issue, applies to devices with handlebars (which hoverboards lack), and excludes devices that putt along under 15mph (like hoverboards).
The Hammacher Schlemmer near my office still has one of these things in the window with a $1400 price tag, so it doesn’t appear there’s been any collapse in the market.
Virtually every time I’m at the intersection of West 23rd Street and 10th Avenue, a car blows the red light. I picked a random Sunday morning and aimed my camera at the intersection. During my 15 minute video, 41 vehicles blew the red light. Count along with the scofflaws!
I discovered a WheeledThing while wandering the galleries of West Chelsea!
At Chamber the Honda Motocompo, a “folding scooter”, is currently on display. It was made in the early 80s as a “Trunk Bike”. The idea was you would park your car… and pop out your scooter for your last mile. I think time has proven me right in stating this is still a bad idea.
It probably should be called – a handlebar and seat retracting scooter – but that probably sounds bad in Japanese too.