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It is always advisable that you wear safety gear whilst riding your electric skateboard, the minimum that you should wear is a proper skate helmet, these are constructed generally much better than a bike helmet. In addition to this you should always consider wearing knee and elbow pads and if you can't afford to be off work ALWAYS wrist guards, in fact these after the skate helmet are the most important piece of equipment to wear.
Generally not, however states may differ. In QLD you can ride on unmarked side roads but must always wear a skate helmet, however you need to check with your local road authorities.
Generally pathways, shared paths, bike paths etc except where it states "no skateboarding". If you ride on the beach at low tide and pass through a flagged safety area please slow down to less than walking speed. If you ride through a pedestrian shopping street area and there are no restrictions on skateboarding, please keep your speed down to walking speed. Always be polite to pedestrians, let them know in advance that you are coming through, if there are several of you, please let the pedestrians know how many skaters are coming by. Finally the most important point of all - no matter what you think, whilst riding on the pavement, beach or grassway the pedestrian is ALWAYS RIGHT, so be carful and don't put yourself in a troublesome position.
We always suggest that you ride within your limits, if no one ever took a chance or pushed themselves, no great riders would be born, As time goes by there will be some great riders coming through, you may be one of them. If you do tricks wear you safety gear, we can always help repair your board, but not you. ps when you grab some high air please send in the photograph so we can post it !