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WATCH: $1,500 Electric Skateboards Zip Up Lakefront Bike Paths

By Josh McGhee | October 18, 2017 6:30am
 The Raptor 2 Direct Drive Electric Skateboard retails for about $1,500.
The Raptor 2 Direct Drive Electric Skateboard retails for about $1,500.
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CHICAGO — The lakefront bike path was the testing ground recently for an electric skateboard that reportedly can hit 28 mph.

The Raptor 2 Direct Drive Electric Skateboard retails for about $1,500.

The manufacturer, Australia-based Enertion Boards, said on YouTube the company filmed a video of the test near the Wilson Avenue skate park earlier this month. The acceleration is controlled with a handheld device.

The company bills the boards as offering "the high-speed benefits of biking without the bulk or energy exertion, allowing for a more convenient commute."

"In addition, riders can avoid traffic congestion and make use of bike paths & shortcuts," the company said.

But not so fast if you're looking to shoot up the lakefront bike path like it's an empty Lake Shore Drive.

According to Chicago Park District rules, "No person shall in any park: operate or drive any motor car, automobile or vehicle of any kind in the Park System in places other than roadways ..."