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Seems to me that electric scooters (e-scooters) are interesting and useful additions to the options for personal transport.
However because they are independently powered, they are classes as motorised vehicles in many juristictions and so would require tax, insurance, license, testing, compliance,
etc. etc. and often this is not possible because of beurocratic lethargy in updating categories etc.
However in many juristictions there is a special category of pedal-assist, which is where electric bicycles (e-bikes) fit. The rules seem to me from a non-lawyer point of view, that they are classes as a pedal cycle if the motor only "assists" with the human power pedalling, and also there is usually a maximum speed cap beyond which the motor will not assist.
So the solution seems obvious! Make the scooter pedal-powered, so the motor merely "assists" rather than actually powering the machine.
The scooter looks just like a normal e-scooter but the foot plate is made in the form of a rocking see-saw, on a lateral pivot mounted halfway along the length of the footplate. The rocking motion, either with two feet one at the front of the plate and one at the back, or with one foot placed centrally and rocked forwards and backwards, is transmitted by a rocker arm to a small crank, which is geared through a gear-diode so that whichever what you rock the plate, the force is transmitted to propel the scooter forward. As you rock, the motor detects your rocking and is engaged to "assist" the forward propulsion. A small hub gearbox in the crankshaft ensures the rocking speed is comfortable no matter the road speed.
The extent of the rock and the gear ratios should be adjusted to comply with the law in terms of how much human input is permitted, but our aim is for the minimum rocking distance and speed, and the maximum electric motor power, within the legally mandated definition of what counds as "assist"
Google: killed using e-scooter
Google turns up a number of incidents of people hurt using their scooters [zen_tom, Aug 23 2021]
Stand-up treadle scooter - electric motor add-ons available soon. [a1, Aug 23 2021]
Rules in New Zealand
Mostly based around power. There are many here that are fast enough to keep up with traffic. [neutrinos_shadow, Aug 23 2021]
This is just one company renting e-scooters with an App. Where DO you live? From your comments, a long way from "normal" civilisation, it would seem... [neutrinos_shadow, Aug 23 2021]
||Whilst there might be a legal grey area around
electrically powered vehicles to get around that
might be annoying for people who want to use them,
there's also the very real danger of sustaining
injury after electrically propelled individuals
zipping up and down pavements and pathways that
aren't designed for speedy transit.
||If you wanted to alleviate the legal ambiguity, I
think it'd be more productive to find solutions to
the underlying problems that generate the
||As it is illegal to ride a bike on a pedestrian pathway, so it would also be illegal to ride an (otherwise legal) pedal-assist scooter on a pedestrian pathway. Basically makes it legally the same as a push-bike. And many unassisted cyclists can easily exceed the legal maximum speed for electric assist.
||This idea rocks. </obligatory>
||// it is illegal to ride a bike on a pedestrian
||Not everywhere. And even where such laws exist,
they are not always enforced.
||As for the original idea - It sounds like an Elliptigo
with an electric motor.
||It should have a wire very clearly marked DO NOT CONNECT THIS TO THE MOTOR AT POSITION B, AS THIS WILL SUPPLY AN ILLEGAL AMOUNT OF POWER AND RENDER THE VEHICLE NO LONGER "ASSIST" and "DO NOT USE YOUR FOOT TO PRESS THE LEVER AT THE FRONT OF THE STANDING PLATFORM AS THIS WILL DISCONNECT THE WIRE AND RENDER THE VEHICLE LEGALLY "ASSISTED"
||//It should have a wire very clearly marked DO NOT
CONNECT THIS TO THE MOTOR AT POSITION B, AS THIS
WILL SUPPLY AN ILLEGAL AMOUNT OF POWER//
||Ah, very responsible. Clear labeling and transparency
can't be bad things. Japanese car manufacturers, back in
the 90's, had a Gentleman's agreement on not producing
cars with more than 300hp. One, I think Toyota, had a
thin piece of plastic film stuck over the intake with a hole
~1/2 the size of the intake diameter in it. It was clearly
stated that this shouldn't be removed as it could result in
a large increase in maximum power. The harsh, hot
conditions of the engine bay meant that this film fell off
soon enough on it's own however, and sadly, replacements
were not available.
||Nissan chose to measure the power at the wheels, rather
than the more conventional crank measurement. This
meant that the power figure was artificially low, due to
the losses of the gearbox and AWD transmission. Sadly, it
was still too high, so they spec'd extra thick running in
oils for the engine and trans. Sadly, the power figure was
still too high. So they lied.
||Fully powered e-scooters are all over the place here, have
been for maybe a year or so. It's a trial. You can rent one
with a smartphone app.
I'm sure they're handy, but annoyingly, people tend to
abandon them as an obstruction on the pavement.
||// all over the place here //
||They were all over San Diego last time I was there.
||// where DO you live ? //
||[neutrinos_shadow], I live in Oregon most of the
time, but travel a lot for work. Most of the cities I
visit *do* have them (and not just Lime) and they
are a nuisance in varying degrees by location.
||[a1], yeah, they're varying levels of nuisance here. Mostly, the
worst are the ones that AREN'T being ridden, which are
strategically placed in the middle of the footpath.
Side note: when Lime was introduced to the university town
down the road, it was little more than a week before one was
pulled from the local river... some people just have no respect
||Re tossing them in the river: I've seen that in every city that
has a scooter rental program and a conveniently located river.
I wonder how they get vandalized elsewhere?