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Beyond 'hoverboards': Mini-bikes, go-karts, golf carts and other motorized personal vehicles banned from NYC streets

City officials have clarified in recent days that one of the year's most popular gizmos -- self-balancing boards referred to as "hoverboards" -- are illegal on the streets and sidewalks of the metropolis under state law.

But they're not the only motorized vehicles banned in NYC -- with the punishment being fines.

Here's a look at those vehicles, from go-karts to e-bikes, that can get a rider in trouble with the law.

Motorized scooter

New York state defines a motorized scooter as
Photo Credit: Go-Ped

New York state defines a motorized scooter as a "device with a motor attached and a handlebar for a standing rider," which is anything that resembles a Go-Ped. Pedestrians should be thankful such scooters are illegal on the sidewalks: Can you imagine the anarchy that would ensue from New York tykes cruising on those things?

Motor-assisted bicycle

Any bike that has a motor attached is
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Any bike that has a motor attached is a no-no in New York City. But that doesn't seem to stop the many restaurants that have delivery workers riding them on city streets, a common scourge that has raised the ire of local lawmakers in the past.

Golf carts

Take your cart and your clubs back to
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Gabe Ginsberg

Take your cart and your clubs back to the golf course. Golf carts definitely don't belong on the city's streets, though their top speeds of 15 or 25 mph would make them speedy in midtown Manhattan traffic. New York state law does maintain that some "low-speed" vehicles can be street legal and registered.

Go-karts

Go-karts belong in amusement parks and special race
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Darlington Raceway / Mary Ann Chastain

Go-karts belong in amusement parks and special race courses, not on city streets. Please, don't.

Dirt bikes

Seriously, if you're considering taking one of these
Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Franck Fife

Seriously, if you're considering taking one of these babies on the streets, you may have to wonder if you received a serious head injury during a previous ride. Off-road bikes have to be registered with the state as ATVs, which are shunned to muddy, dusty ranges. Definitely not street legal.

MIni-bikes

Defined by New York state as
Photo Credit: Taco Mini Bikes

Defined by New York state as "a small, motorized device with two wheels and created for off-road use," mini-bikes or "pocket bikes" were something of a fad in the early 2000s, but police started cracking down on them after a rash of accidents.

One-wheel self-balancing scooter

You might want to strike this one off
Photo Credit: Ninebot

You might want to strike this one off your Christmas list, too. Like so-called "hoverboards," one-wheel self-balancing scooters like this Ninebot version also fall under the definition of "personal transporters" -- so they aren't legal on city streets.

Segway scooters

Sorry, Segway, the not-so-cool precursor to the
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong

Sorry, Segway, the not-so-cool precursor to the "hoverboard." The self-balancing pioneer's scooters are also banned from city streets and sidewalks under the same state law that prohibits "personal transporters."

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