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Are Segways Legal?

Posted: June 8, 2012 in Segway

I was just notified by my company ( a large aerospace company in the silicon valley) that Segways are strictly prohibited on campus.  They cite corporate command media policy which specifically calls out Segways along with skateboards, motororized scooters and the like as being prohibited.  They cite this as a safety issue.  So ..being that I use the Segway as a mobility device due to a physical handicap, is there any way around this?  Does anyone have experience with this issue?



After working with the facilities group at my company,  . I was finally approved to ride my Segway within the building as long as I followed some simple rules.  The facilities group was not familiar with the Segway so they sent out a representative to follow me from my car to my office to determine  how safely this could be done. As long as I kept to a minimum speed (less than 5 mph) and came to a near stop at intersections  as well as allow a wide opening for a doors , I had permission.

Last weekend was  the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.  This is a free festival with too many bands to count.  And the names are big!  Robert Plant, Chris Issak, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson just too name a small few.  The festival is packed shoulder to shoulder with people (particularly on Saturday and Sunday).  Being handicapped I was a little hesitant to go but did anyway.  Of course I brought my Segway.  They tried to block me from bringing it in. They wanted me to lock it up with the bikes.  I stated that I use it as a mobility device and they agreed to let me in.  It was a must have.  It was ok riding it among the crowd.  One of the best parts…I was a good 8 inches above my normal height which let me see more stages and activity.  From this I am encouraged to attend crowded events with my Segway.  When the crowds got too tight, I hung out on the edges with my husband.  We found a nice shady tree and sat and listened to the music.

I also had the pleasure to meet this guy.  He was riding a Segway that had been retrofitted as a wheelchair.  He used hand controls to go left and right and leaned to go forward and backwards.

Rentals in Pacifica, California

Posted: August 14, 2011 in Segway
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Jim Heldberg of Silicon Segway can help you with your Segway needs and provides info on tours and sales.

Segway of Pacific Beach provide tours and rentals.  They are located only a few feet from the beach and miles of paved boardwalk.  You can ride up and down the coast, in town or load into your car for a short trip to Downtown San Diego where there are miles of paved walkways to explore the city.

The Coyote Creek Trail runs from Hellyer Park in San Jose to Anderson Lake Park in Morgan Hill, Ca.  The trail runs approximatley 15 miles through fields of wild grasses and along the Coyote Creek with views of the foothills.  The trail is mostly paved and very well maintained.  The trail is shared with Bicyclists, joggers, walkers and equestrian riders.   I didn’t see many other users, just a few bicycle riders.  Along the trail is a remote control airplane airport as well as the Coyote Creek golf course.  This is a fun, peaceful ride.

I was surprised to learn that Segways can open doors, fairly easily.  This is good for taking Segways to work.