Forgive my differing view and I am not intending to play devil's advocate here. I live in CT which is exceedingly liberal and kind to MBs and MBers but one of the few absolutes about a "Bicycle with motor assistance" is that one is not allowed on a side walk with or with out the motor running. On a near by road, I regularly do as it is suicide to ride on the road there. It is a good lil town with 3 MBs and the cops around seem to think of them as amusing and not of great concern. If I got ticketed for doing what I know is against the rules, well I took my chances and lost. I do not mean to detract from or minimize any one's frustration. But eventually I will probably be cited for just this and my part in it, is I knew and rode where it was not legal to do so.