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First it targeted manspreading. Now hoverboards.
In a new ad campaign, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will remind subway and bus riders to leave their hoverboards at home. The popular two-wheeled motorized devices are banned across the system, officials announced on Wednesday.
That means not only no zooming along subway platforms on hoverboards, but also no bringing them into stations or onto trains and buses, either.
âThere have been reports of exploding batteries, and certainly you donât want anything like that in a crowded subway car or a train,â Fernando Ferrer, the vice chairman of the authorityâs board, told reporters after a board meeting on Wednesday.
The proliferation of hoverboards has raised safety concerns over injuries among riders and reports of batteries catching fire. More than a few celebrities have embraced them, even as federal officials have warned consumers about the risks and some airlines have banned them.
The devices are already banned in New York City, according to the police. But some local officials have pushed to legalize them, saying they could require riders to wear helmets or to use them only in parks.
The authorityâs ad campaign, starting in the next two months, will feature the same colorful âbubble peopleâ from the manspreading posters, which ignited a debate over proper seat etiquette. Hoverboards are banned on all subway trains and stations, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Staten Island Railway, along with buses and Access-A-Ride, officials said.
The authority noted that riders were already prohibited from riding scooters and skateboards and from carrying flammable materials.
Mr. Ferrer said he had no personal experience with hoverboards â and no intention of taking one for a spin.
âIâve never been on one,â said Mr. Ferrer, the former Bronx borough president, âand Iâm not intending to try.â