A Segway Sidewalk Tour -- Around The ...

A Segway Sidewalk Tour -- Around The World Sailing, Connecticut...

There are 15 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 7, 2008, titled A Segway Sidewalk Tour -- Around The World Sailing, Connecticut.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A Segway Sidewalk Tour ONE WAY TO GO GASLESS is to ride a Segway, as on this tour of downtown Guilford led by Rich Petrillo, foreground, who is accompanied by friend Ron Denison, left, and son Adam Petrillo, on ...

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dro

Manchester, CT

#1 Apr 8, 2008
There's two folks on segways, in the picture - who aren't wearing helmets. I believe helmets are required? If not, then these two people are pretty careless. Having ridden a segway myself (in the backhills of Sonoma, California), you never know how quickly you can respond to a rapid change in terrain. Falling over is possible, and without a helmet - it would be very painful.
Rachelle

United States

#2 Apr 8, 2008
Aren't Segway riders required to follow the "rules of the road" like other cyclists?--they shouldn't be ridden on sidewalks!!

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#3 Apr 8, 2008
Yep.
thats been a problem for the inventor. he wants them to be considered to be like pedestrians on a sidewalk. but with a top speed ofver 10mph, most municipalities want them on the roads, not the sidewalks.

So whats a segway do that a bicycle cant?
Jay

East Granby, CT

#4 Apr 8, 2008
Helmets are not required but a very good idea.
They're not cyclists. This may help:
http://www.segway.com/support/regulatory.php
A Segway can turn on a dime. Not even the BMXrs with mad skilz can do that.

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#5 Apr 9, 2008
It doesnt change the fact that you should not have a 200 lb (350+ with occupant) wheeled vehicle that can go 12 mph on a sidewalk.
Jay

East Granby, CT

#6 Apr 9, 2008
And stops the minute you flinch backwards. Ride one, you'll see. Dubya managed to fall off one, but hey...
Jef H

Hamden, CT

#7 Apr 9, 2008
If they can conquer the gay factor with these things, they'd be a hit.

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#8 Apr 9, 2008
Jay,
I've never ridden a Segway. Lets assume that it is the perfect device. It goes precisely where the driver wants it to go.

You still have some basic laws of physics and the simple fact that people make mistakes.

350 lbs rolling at 10 mph will CREAM someone if it hits them.

And, can you see it now. Some schmuck talking on his cell phone while riding.(I'm guessing that Mr. Kaman (sp?) has it set up to require 2 hands on teh bars) but even still. People dont pay attention when they drive a car.

Do you think they will be any better when they're on the sidewalk zipping in and out of people at 10 mph. Its just ridiculous.

Now, if you limited its speed to 4 mph, my worries would vanish, but then it would be nearly useless when it was off the sidewalk.

Don
Jay

Greenfield, MA

#9 Apr 10, 2008
Don Mei wrote:
Jay,
I've never ridden a Segway. Lets assume that it is the perfect device. It goes precisely where the driver wants it to go.
You still have some basic laws of physics and the simple fact that people make mistakes.
350 lbs rolling at 10 mph will CREAM someone if it hits them.
And, can you see it now. Some schmuck talking on his cell phone while riding.(I'm guessing that Mr. Kaman (sp?) has it set up to require 2 hands on teh bars) but even still. People dont pay attention when they drive a car.
Do you think they will be any better when they're on the sidewalk zipping in and out of people at 10 mph. Its just ridiculous.
Now, if you limited its speed to 4 mph, my worries would vanish, but then it would be nearly useless when it was off the sidewalk.
Don
That's nice. The difference between theory and practice... Come back when you can speak of or with experience.

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#10 Apr 10, 2008
huh?
You make no sense.

Answer me this:

Do you believe that it is reasonable to have people traveling at 10 mph on sidewalks on a segway?

Just so we can understand what we disagree about.
Jay

Greenfield, MA

#11 Apr 10, 2008
Don Mei wrote:
huh?
You make no sense.
Answer me this:
Do you believe that it is reasonable to have people traveling at 10 mph on sidewalks on a segway?
Just so we can understand what we disagree about.
Answer me this: your car can go 120. Do you?
Rachelle

United States

#12 Apr 17, 2008
Jay wrote:
<quoted text>
Answer me this: your car can go 120. Do you?
WOW-- why don't you just answer his question without posing a dumb retort?

“Don Mei”

Since: Apr 07

Essex, CT

#13 Apr 18, 2008
Because he doesnt want to face the fact that Segways dont belong on sidewalks.
TOM

AOL

#14 Jun 7, 2009
SEGWAYS ARE SO SO COOL AND YES YOU NEED A HELMET. IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A SEGWAY, I BOUGHT MINE FROM A SEGWAY DEALERSHIP IN CT. BUT YOU CAN EMAIL RON AND HIS E-MAIL IS [email protected] HE WILL GIVE YOU BEST PRICES ON YOUR NEXT SEGWAY.
TOM
Mike

Danbury, CT

#15 Aug 6, 2010
Don- They are extremely easy to control. I went on the Guilford Segway tour a few weeks ago and had a blast. We were all required to wear helmets as well as go through about a 35 minute training/etiquette session before even leaving the parking lot. The riders are lead by a guide who sets the speed of the tour. Whenever pedestrians were seen on the sidewalk , even if they were a great distance away we would pull off to the side of the sidewalk and let them pass. When ridden propperly and accompanied by trained guides, segways are perfectly acceptable on the sidewalks. Perhaps try one first before making all sorts of inaccurate assumpitons.

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