”Hoverboards” (Self-Balancing Foot Scooters)

It’s about time we each take responsibility for saving our climate & stand on our own two wheels! The chart below was made in 2015, updated version soon to follow.
lean machines, hovertrax, Solowheel, Balance Boards, Balance Scooters, Foot Scooters, chic-smart, esway, iohawk, monorover R2, SmartraxS5,

Note: table is based on information online in 2015. Phunkeeduck details may be incorrect – received no response from the company to confirm. If you see any errors or have any useful suggestions please let me know.

Download this table
Lean Machines PDF
Lean Machines Word file

See this post in Mandarin Chinese (看中文版)

In case you plan to buy one and intuition isn’t telling you which one to go for then you can make a decision matrix using the table. A great technique if it’s done well. Click below to see an example.

Lean Machines Decision Matrix

The text below is really important if you’re going to learn to ride a self-balancing scooter. It’s based on my own experiences learning the Hovertrax.

Learning to Ride an Electric Self-balancing Scooter

Self-balancing electric foot scooters are fun and convenient but not as safe as you might think. It’s essential that you master the following steps before even considering riding beside a road, in a busy public place or other challenging environment.
When learning you will need a safe place with lots of space and a large open flat surface such as a running track, the center of a gymnasium, a tennis court or a playground.

Before going out with your scooter
1. Understand the functions
Read the manual and other information carefully and make sure you know how to turn it on, off, and so on.
2. Understand the concept
Before you hop on, be sure you understand the concept of how it works and can visualise how the angles of the feet correlate with speed and turning.
Tilt forward = go forwards.
Tilt back = go backwards.
Right tilt forwards, left back = turn left
Left tilt forwards, right back = turn right
You can practice angling and turning your hands or sit on a chair or edge of a bed putting your feet on the device while it’s switched off pretending you’re riding.

In a safe practice location
3. Getting on
Put your dominant foot level on the scooter and bring the other foot up quickly.
4. Getting off
Step off behind the scooter keeping one foot level on the platform to prevent the scooter rolling away.
5. Stopping
Practice regular stopping as well as abrupt stopping at high speeds. For high speed stopping as you tilt your feet back crouch down with hands level to the ground until you reach a stop. You should aim to be able to come to a complete stop in the shortest possible distance (about 1 to 1.5 m for the Hovertrax at near top speed).
6. Turning
Practice turning on the spot (one foot tilting back, the other tilting forward) and turning at speed (one foot level, the other tilting forward). You could use plant pots or other such objects to form a practice slalom course.
7. Reversing
Practice going backwards.
8. Reversing & turning
Practice going backwards and turning.
9. Stepping off while moving
Many foot scooters may get stuck on rough terrain. To prepare for this learn to step off while going at speed. Be extra careful because if when you step off your foot pushes down on one side of the platform the scooter will move in the corresponding direction. It could zoom out from under your feet or even back under your feet.
Go slowly in a straight line and then while moving take a quick and little step putting one foot in front of the machine resting on your toes with the heel up. Then follow with a larger step with your other foot flat on the ground. The first foot should stabilize you and stop the machine from rolling on as it goes into the sole of your shoe.
step off foot scooter 210. Speed & stability
Only once you’re ready and have fully mastered the other steps should you very carefully and very gradually have a go at seeing how fast you can go safely maintaining stability. Take multiple goes, each time increasing your speed a little more. Once the speed control tilts you back, or the device strains or wobbles then slow down right away. You must never try to increase the speed beyond this point otherwise the device may not have enough power to keep up with your leaning and you could fall.
At speed you must make absolutely sure that you keep both feet as level as possible on the platforms to keep a straight line.


  1. Understand the concepts and the machine.
  2. Try doing the basic things until they become natural.
  3. Only then progress toward the more advanced things.

Download the above text as a PDF:
Learning to ride an electric self-balancing scooter

See here for a comparison table of self-balancing electric Wheels like the Solowheel

Imagine if we saved the environment, peoples health and lives by simply making a selected few streets in large cities car-free giving them over to bikes and lightweight portable transport

Great video review of Solowheel, Hovertrax, Phunkeeduck & the zBoard Pro

Personal Light Electric Vehicles (Specs Comparison Charts)

Here you will find comparison charts of Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVS) (the term used by the UK government). Other terms include ‘Powered Transporters’, ‘Rideables’ (possibly coined by Wired magazine). Suggested names from myself (Luc Hubert of the Peacemaker Foundation) are ‘Transportables’ (portable transport tools) & ‘Lightweight Portable Transport’ (LPT). Regardless of what you wish to call them here they are – some of the most popular & interesting transport gadgets in 2020.

To download a PDF of the comparison chart above click HERE

Shown below is an interactive version of the same chart displayed above. You can enter your own weightings (importance values) right here on this web page. The scores automatically adjust every time you enter a value & when complete each tool will have an overall score to show how suitable it is for you personally.  Just replace the default weighting of 5 with your own weighting (from 1 to 10) & use the scroll bar to view the whole document. Your amendments will be reset if you leave this page.

Some older gadgets – a comparison chart made in 2015

ELPT, Electric Lightweight Portable Transport Tools, Electric Mobility Devices  Download
PDF: Transportables
Word File: Transportables

We believe that we need to embrace lightweight portable transport to help slow global warming & boost people’s wellbeing through cleaner air & getting away from cars. If you agree & wish to see more electric devices such as scooters legalised then please sign this petition: http://chng.it/JgCQNW2pZW

World Health Texts for English Class

World Peace
The Global Community (intermediate to advanced)

Zones of Peace (intermediate to advanced)

Christian Church Opens Doors to Muslims + Quizlet

Germany’s anti-Islam Marches (advanced)

Excerpts from A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (advanced)
A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (advanced)
A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (Chinese translation)
A New Beginning Obama’s Speech for the Muslim World in Cairo (Arabic translation)

The Environment 

Legal Limit on Vehicles Idling Set to be Enforced + Quizlet (The above text)
Link to related video

London Drivers Face Idling Fine + Quizlet

The Bicycle Kingdom Starts Living up to its Name (intermediate to advanced)
Questions about cycling in the city

Now that’s a First Class Delivery! Posties Trial Futuristic Electric UNICYCLES + Quizlet

Filling a City With Moving Walkways + Quizlet   (intermediate to advanced)
Link to Video

*A Short History of Nearly Everything (excerpt) + Quizlet (The above text) (intermediate to advanced)
*A Short History of Nearly Everything (full text) + Quizlet (advanced)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (Quizlet flashcards)
*(About Claire Patterson: the man who campaigned to get lead taken out of petrol)

Rise of the Asian Megacity + Quizlet (advanced)

City Sponsored Study Touts Benefits of Pedestrian Plazas and Bike Lanes + Quizlet (The above text)

Paris Launches Electric Car-Sharing Scheme (created by Rob at Davids English)
Questions about electric vehicles and car sharing

Looking for the Happiest Place on Earth. Head Straight for Denmark + Quizlet

People in Taiwan Waste about NT$240 Billion Worth of Food per Year: Poll + Quizlet

Queen Elizabeth II Buys World Largest Wind Turbine – Towers over Big Ben, to Light up Thousands of British Homes + Quizlet

Penguins’ Slick New Look: Woolly Jumpers Help Save Hundreds of Birds Caught in Oil Spills + Quizlet
‘Penguins’ Slick New Look’ article (Quizlet flashcards printout)

2015 ‘Let’s Clear the Air’ Poster Contest for Schools

In 2015 we hosted the ‘Let’s Clear the Air’ poster contest. The two themes were: ‘Stop Engine Idling’ and/or ‘Use green/public transport.’ Pictures related to one or both of these themes.
The competition had three age groups:
1:Elementary school
2:Junior High School
3:Senior High school
The artists of the top three posters in each age category have been awarded certificates, and their posters are displayed below. The top poster in each age category will be reproduced in the form of stickers or cards. These stickers or cards will be given to people in challenging financial situations (such as homeless people) for them to sell. So by participating the students will help the world, children’s health, their school’s reputation, as well as those in need of an income.

The Winnning Posters 

Elementary school

Junior High School

Senior High School

See this post in Mandarin Chinese


See here for more information about engine idling

Click here for ideas & advice on making the posters in class

Click here to see children’s stop idling posters + video

Intro to Stop Engine Idling Campaign

Idling engines wastes fuel and money, reduces engine life, emits greenhouse gases, and creates harmful air and noise pollution.

If you would like to help improve the air quality wherever you are then you can print the pictures out yourself and distribute (copyright free).  Good places to display or distribute the images include within schools, school gates, driving schools, scooter and car dealerships, bus and train stations, refuse collection vehicle compounds, car parks and construction sites.  Putting up images by elevators, urinals, or anyplace where people stop is likely to be effective.  If you want to help this campaign then please like and share this post. You can also contact Luc via the contact form or send an email to: Luc@peacemakerfoundation.com.

If you work for a bus, coach, taxi or delivery company then click HERE