San Francisco Bans Segway
I like articles that make me grin at life's ironies, and on slow news days like this, I enjoy sharing them with you so that you too can partake in ironic grinning. While I have no particular beef with the idea of the Segway, I've always failed to see the visionary chain of events that would lay the foundation for a glorified scooter to change the very shape of transportation across the country. A novelty item at best, Segway seems about as practical in daily life as riding a dog-sled to work. As it turns out, San Francisco agrees. Read More!
Here's a clip from the CNN.com article.
Critics say the Segway is a safety hazard on sidewalks because it weighs 69 pounds and travels at up to 12.5 mph -- three times faster than the typical pedestrian. No state is requiring that its drivers be trained, although some have set minimum age and helmet requirements.
Really, I tend to agree. A team of yuppie socialites bearing down on me with their taut, plastic expressions of self-satisfaction at a whipping 13 miles per hour with their gyro-scooters should, I think, be banned on principle. Unless, that is, they also pass a law in which I can push them into traffic as they pass.- Elysium