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While the ELF is classified as a bicycle by Organic Transit, the laws surrounding such a vehicle vary.
In the District of Columbia, where Stewart’s GPS was taking him, the ELF is not allowed on the bike trails and paths. The city classifies it as a motorized bicycle.
"They can’t operate the unit on a sidewalk, they can’t park on a street and they can’t operate on off-street bike trails or bike routes," said Monica Hernandez of the city’s Department of Transportation. "The only thing you can do (on the street) is stop to unload or load the unit."
The ELF would have to be parked off the street.
Stewart says so far he’s only gotten looks of curiosity.
"A lot of cops have gone by me no one’s said boo. They’ll look, they’re interested but they don’t question its right to be on the road," Stewart said.
Associated Press writer Shaquille Brewster contributed to this report.
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