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Hoverboard Regulation Discussion Under Way in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.-  The Ocean City Police Commission is discussing ways to regulate hoverboard rentals if they continue to be allowed in the Maryland resort town.

If you are up early enough in Ocean City, you may catch people on segways, bicycles, even something called " fun cycles."

"It's basically an adult tricycle," said Molly Lutrey, who was riding one on the boardwalk Monday morning.

Lutrey said it was not easy to maneuver. 

"You have to tilt your body side-to-side in order to control the movements of the bike," she said.

That is not the only electronic mobile device that requires movement control, hoverboards that operate off of sensors do as well. The devices have been spotted on the boardwalk.

When a person points their toes down, the hoverboard moves forward. When a person shifts the weight to their heels, it moves back.

Allen Sklar owns a bike rental business in Ocean City. He has seen the hoverboards in motion and thinks they have no place on the boardwalk.

" If you're riding a bicycle and a hoverboard comes up beside you, you don't expect it and you don't know how it will turn; you don't know if it's subject to the same centrifugal forces that you are" Sklar said. "You can't predict it."

Sklar said learning how to use them on the boardwalk can also be risky.

"To do this, they are not going to be particularly good at it, so you're going to have numerous collisions with numerous people," he said.

Currently, hoverboard operators follow the same rules as people who rent bikes or segways. According to town code, people are allowed to use them between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. 

From Tuesday after Labor Day through Friday before Memorial Day, people can use them at any time. Springfest and Sunfest are the only exception. 

According to Police Commission Chair Councilman Doug Cymek, the commission is discussing whether hoverboards should continue to be allowed and what regulations should be put in place.

The commission will present recommendations to the Ocean City Council at a later date. 
 

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