Colorado Senate Bill SB168 will legalize the use of 'Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices' (EPAMD) on sidewalks and paths. In addition, operation of EPAMDs are legalized on streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or less under this proposed legislation.
Permitting 'mobility devices' on streets is possibly a good idea, but I don't care for the provisions of this bill permitting Segways on sidewalks and paths. The bill does allow for local regulation of Segways on local streets, sidewalks and paths.
The part I really don't like about the bill is the very restrictive definition for EPAMD:
-- "EPAMD" OR "ELECTRIC PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICE" MEANS A DEVICE THAT HAS TWO NONTANDEM WHEELS, USES 8 ELECTRIC PROPULSION, IS SELF-BALANCING, IS DESIGNED TO TRANSPORT 9 ONE PERSON, AND HAS A MAXIMUM DESIGN SPEED OF TWELVE AND 10 ONE-HALF MILES PER HOUR. --
Hmm, what is the only two-nontandem-wheel, self-balancing electric mobility device on the market? Talk about legislation that's custom-crafted for a single product. I'd favor a definition that's bit more open-ended, perhaps defining the powered vehicle in terms of size, speed, emissions, and power output.