A modern turn to touring historic Bet...

A modern turn to touring historic Bethlehem -- Bethlehem Steel

There are 70 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 3, 2008, titled A modern turn to touring historic Bethlehem -- Bethlehem Steel. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

In about two weeks, tourists will be able to skitter nearly noiselessly around the historic parts of Bethlehem, past rusting blast furnaces and carefully preserved Colonial areas, on a bit of 21st century ...

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moral hazard

Reading, PA

#1 Apr 3, 2008
"Almost all of the tour takes place on sidewalks..."

This is a big mistake. Segways are motorized vehicles, they belong on the street. In fact Segways were originally invented as an alternative to cars in congested cities. Now they are being marketed as an alternative to pedestrians.

In the first Segway-pedestrian collision there will be injuries, and then a lawsuit, and then, hopefully, the stupid things will be banned from sidewalks.

Bad move, Bethlehem.
marie

Allentown, PA

#2 Apr 3, 2008
Not only are the segways a moving hazard for other pedestrians, but they are also proof of our increasing laziness. I hope they have a large weight capacity because people who can't WALK a 3 mile loop (except for those with disabiliites, of course) are going to get incredibly fat.
On social security

AOL

#3 Apr 3, 2008
Good move Bethlehem!!! Now, I, as a handicapped senior citizen can see the beauty of Bethlehem safely. Thanks!!
comment1

Bangor, PA

#4 Apr 3, 2008
Pretty neat machines but just one more thing for the motorist to contend with. Just like pedestrians, they will have all the right of ways. They will be able to scoot about without a care in the world. I agree with the laziness issue. Can't wait to see all the parents buying these for their children.
Joke

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Apr 3, 2008
moral hazard wrote:
"Almost all of the tour takes place on sidewalks..."
This is a big mistake. Segways are motorized vehicles, they belong on the street. In fact Segways were originally invented as an alternative to cars in congested cities. Now they are being marketed as an alternative to pedestrians.
In the first Segway-pedestrian collision there will be injuries, and then a lawsuit, and then, hopefully, the stupid things will be banned from sidewalks.
Bad move, Bethlehem.
That's ridiculous! You're saying it's much safer for people to ride the segways on the road than on the sidewalks? I'm gonna have to say that you are an idiot for making such a comment. I think anyone else would say it's much safer for segways to be used on sidewalks. You're probably just jealous because you'll never be able to afford a segway or that you are overweight and jealous that you'll never be able to ride one. I think it's a great idea by Bethlehem to give people the opportunity to explore different areas.
Flyers Fan

Souderton, PA

#6 Apr 3, 2008
Segways = Laziness in the making!

Wouldn't hurt to walk that stretch and shed a couple.

Since: Jan 08

Norwalk, CT

#7 Apr 3, 2008
I think it looks like fun.
Glennnnnnnn

Stroudsburg, PA

#8 Apr 3, 2008
Seems like a great way to combine the past n the future of American business successes n failures. I am gonna book my tour as soon as I hit the send button on this comment.
Solt

United States

#9 Apr 3, 2008
This is great. I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, which, unfortunately, has also caused me to gain some weight. It is very difficult for me to walk very far. I would love to see the sights in Bethlehem. There are lots of interesting things to see there. It's too bad that pastry shop on Main closed down, though. They had great pastries.
moral hazard

Reading, PA

#10 Apr 3, 2008
"You're saying it's much safer for people to ride the segways on the road than on the sidewalks?"

No, I'm saying it's safer for pedestrians not to have Segways on the sidewalks. Like any motorized vehicle, they belong on the street. Sidewalks are for WALKING.

I'm a bicyclist. I would never think of riding my bike on a city sidewalk. If I can ride my bike safely on the street amid automobile traffic (and I do), then Segways can also share the road safely with cars. That's what they were intended for
Proud of Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Apr 3, 2008
This sounds really neat. It's fantastic for the non-profit and for-profit sectors to be working hand in hand in Bethlehem to promote the City. Things just keep getting better there all the time! I'm so proud of my community!
sjg

Allentown, PA

#12 Apr 3, 2008
I saw these in while in Washington DC. They looked like a lot of fun and I never thought twice about them being on the sidewalk.
TRIPLE K

United States

#13 Apr 3, 2008
Well since you have to be under 250 pounds to ride one of these accident waiting to happen units, I'll put up a John Deere dealership and rent the big people a "Gator", now these units can carry 2000 pounds, so 5 big people can drive in these 4 wheel units in comfort, can drive anywhere, and I will be renting the 6 wheel units for even the larger people as well. Now a John Deere "GATOR" has more class, and will not upset as quickly as a segway, which people have been hurt, but they dont tell you that, Washington DC has proved that more people have recieved bruises, broken hands and fingers from falling off these unit, looks nice but they are tought to drive, where my John Deere Gator's you sit, turn on the key and step on the gas and go and have brakes way more easier to stop....
marie

Allentown, PA

#14 Apr 3, 2008
Solt wrote:
This is great. I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, which, unfortunately, has also caused me to gain some weight. It is very difficult for me to walk very far. I would love to see the sights in Bethlehem. There are lots of interesting things to see there. It's too bad that pastry shop on Main closed down, though. They had great pastries.
Uh, maybe if you gained a few pounds, you should skip the pastries?
Cool

United States

#15 Apr 3, 2008
They're being increasingly used by security personnel in airports, malls, outdoor shopping areas and similar places where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic. No problems that I can see there, but that's just a few security officers. It might be a different story if there were lots of them in a confined area...

sjg wrote:
I saw these in while in Washington DC. They looked like a lot of fun and I never thought twice about them being on the sidewalk.
Solt

United States

#16 Apr 3, 2008
I just saw on the Historic Bethlehem website that there is a maximum weight. That's really too bad, because people like me are the ones who would gain the most benefit from this innovative machine.
Solt

United States

#17 Apr 3, 2008
marie wrote:
<quoted text>
Uh, maybe if you gained a few pounds, you should skip the pastries?
I don't see any reason to be nasty. I don't think anyone can argue with the fact that they had really good pastries.
Harvey Firestein

United States

#18 Apr 3, 2008
Solt wrote:
I just saw on the Historic Bethlehem website that there is a maximum weight. That's really too bad, because people like me are the ones who would gain the most benefit from this innovative machine.
Oy veh! People like you would benefit more from a WALK!
RonMania

Washington, DC

#19 Apr 3, 2008
Solt wrote:
This is great. I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, which, unfortunately, has also caused me to gain some weight. It is very difficult for me to walk very far. I would love to see the sights in Bethlehem. There are lots of interesting things to see there. It's too bad that pastry shop on Main closed down, though. They had great pastries.
Another bogus symptom drummed up by pill happy doctors & the drug companies!! Besides the pastries, I'm sure you will find the necessary fat enriched foods to sustain your imaginary problem!
Solt

United States

#20 Apr 3, 2008
RonMania wrote:
<quoted text>Another bogus symptom drummed up by pill happy doctors & the drug companies!! Besides the pastries, I'm sure you will find the necessary fat enriched foods to sustain your imaginary problem!
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a real condition. You should feel lucky that you are not always tired, like I am. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. Can you imagine being exhausted just from walking from your living room to your kitchen?

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