There are beautiful beaches, hot women, and warm weather in the Sunshine State.
You can say without a doubt that it’s the best place to ride an e-board.
But what are the rules and laws in the state of Florida about riding an electric skateboard?
Florida lets people use electric skateboards.
There is nothing in Florida law that says electric skateboards are against the law.
Electric skateboards are a step up from regular skateboards, so there’s nothing wrong with owning one.
Where in Florida can I ride my e-board?
Florida law says that all EPAMDs (Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices) can be used:
- On a road or street where the speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
- On a bike path that is marked.
- On any street or road that lets bikes, which is most of them.
- At a crossroads, you can cross a road or street even if it has a speed limit of more than 25 miles per hour.
- On a sidewalk, if the person driving the device gives pedestrians the right of way and makes a sound before passing a pedestrian.
Basically, you can ride your electric skateboard anywhere you can ride your bike… (Yes, even bike lanes!)
Tip: Bike lanes are great places to ride your e-board because they are very safe. They are built so that cars and people on foot can share the road safely.
Do I need a license, insurance, or a registration?
Even though an electric skateboard has a motor, the state of Florida does not require or need any paperwork for it.
Don’t go on private land.
There is a good reason why private property is private.
This is true not only for the state of Florida, but for the whole country.
Don’t ride on something that isn’t yours…
When skateboarders ride on their property, homeowners and other property owners can get very angry and defensive. This can often lead to fights and the police being called.
Ride on the street or in a skate park, which are both public places, and you’ll be fine.
Follow the traffic rules.
Whether you’re a cyclist, a pedestrian, or a car…
You must follow the rules of the road.
On your electric skateboard, you should do the same.
Some common traffic rules are:
- Stopping at stop signs and lights that are red
- letting people on foot go first (when marked)
- giving way at “yield” signs
- Driving on the right side of the road
- Getting out of the way of emergency vehicles
- Not getting behind the wheel while drunk
Different Jurisdictions, Different Rules
Even though this article looks at the laws and rules for the whole state of Florida, it doesn’t mean that all towns, cities, and counties are the same.
The examples below are not actual laws; they are just examples.
In Miami, it might be against the law to ride on the sidewalk.
In Broward County, it may be against the law to ride on the street.
In different places, there will be different sets of rules.
That’s why you should learn as much as you can about riding before you start.
Call the non-emergency number for your local police department and ask them what the rules are about electric skateboards.
They could very well not have any…
If so, keep following the general rules set by the state.
Use Common Sense
It’s not a law yet, but it should be…
Even if something isn’t in the law, that doesn’t mean you can do it.
It’s probably not a good idea to go 20 mph down a busy sidewalk, because someone will get hurt.
Another bad idea is to not move over for a line of cars in a busy one-way street.
Use your common sense and common sense about safety!
After all, it only takes one big accident to make the news for more rules to be put in place about electric skateboards and other devices.
Respect the people around you and have fun, and you’ll be fine.