Texas is one big state.
With such size, it’s hard to ignore all the beauty, amazing people, food, and freedom that comes with living in such a great state.
But what are Texas’ rules and regulations on motorized and electric skateboards?
Electric skateboards are legal to ride in own in the state of Texas.
But that doesn’t mean you are free to do whatever you want.
Let’s dig a little bit deeper.
E-Board Laws in Texas
There isn’t much information online, but for those who wish to ride any skateboard, whether regular or electric must follow the same rules of that of a motorized or electric bicycle.
That means riding in the bike lane and not riding on the sidewalk.
The sidewalk is for pedestrians… and riding a board at 20 mph on a big city sidewalk like Dallas or Houston can be dangerous for all parties involved.
Bike lanes are a much safer place anyways.
They’re less crowded and allow you to ride in your own private lane away from both pedestrians and vehicles.
Just be cautious when making turns and coming up on intersections (usually a greater chance of an accident).
Other than that, you're free to ride your board as you please. Just use common sense and follow the law!
Although the state of Texas has its own laws regarding electric skateboards, it might not be the same everywhere.
Remember, Texas is a massive state of almost 270,000 square miles. There are many different jurisdictions that will have different rules and laws for everything, not just electric skateboards.
You should be fine riding your electric skateboard where you please, but if you’re really concerned, consider giving your local town/city hall a call or police department (non-emergency number) and ask them the legality/rules of riding a motorized skateboard.
You Must Follow Traffic Laws
Just because you’re on a board, doesn’t mean you can do what you want…
You must abide by all the traffic laws enforced by the state of Texas.
Stopping at red lights and stop signs
Common sense here guys, blowing through a red light or stop sign is asking to be killed.
People are also going to have a harder time noticing you on an electric skateboard than if you were driving a car since you’re a much smaller and quieter target.
Stop and make sure other cars see you before proceeding.
Riding on the right side of the road
More common sense. Just like how you walk with the same direction as traffic, you should do with you’re e-board as well.
Riding on the opposite way of traffic may seem safer since you can see oncoming cars, but the truth is you’re more likely to cause an accident.
‘The right of way’
Whoever has the ‘right of way’ goes first.
If you see a car arrive at an intersection before you, they go through first. If you’re at a roundabout, those in the circle have the right of way (unless marked).
Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
There are certain crosswalks that are specifically designed for pedestrians to cross at any time they like. This means oncoming traffic must stop for them.
If you see one of the signs that says “stop for pedestrians” you must do it!
Follow the speed limit
You might think electric skateboards are too slow to follow the speed limit, but this is simply not the case.
Some schools zones will have a speed limit of 10-15 mph. Some electric skateboards can reach speeds of 25 mph.
Slow down so you can follow the limit!