In September I build my first electric Longboard. Over the last months it becomes my favorite vehicle for traveling short distances between 500m and 5 km (in my home town in Germany). I’m looking forward to ride my esk8 next spring/summer more often, but there is no generell regulation for those kind of vehicles in the EU and riding a esk8 in Germany, and in most other contries too, is not legal at this moment. At this days we are addicted to ride unobtrusive through the cities or the tolerance and curiosity of local police officers. I have seen that other people are try to fit in the current regulation with there esk8s, but in my opinion it’s better to fix the regulations by adjusting the depending law.
At this moment I’m on the Chaos Communication Congress (34C3) at the Leipzig fairground and many people (feeling like every 10th person) are riding esk8s, electric scooter and self balanced boards. This feels like a worthwhile future to me. (if you are also interrested in this topic, you can contact my on twitter @64b__ or email: esk8 ( -at- )64b.de )
So my Idea is to find parties, institutes, companies and other players which are also interested in this kind of topic (e.g. save the envenvironment, fix the city traffic problem and so on). I will start to do some lobbying for legalize small electric vehicle (e.g. electric skate/longboards, electric scooter, …) in the future.
By the way, I’m not naive, so i know it is a long way and chances are basically not very good. But I think it can help to live in a more sustainably world, when more people are traveling short distances with this kind of electric vehicle and I give it a try.