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 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


Wow, I am so glad to see this.  I am so sick of the guy who invented this thinking he would change the way society travels.  It does have it's place is warehouses and the like but that is it. 

This is pretty funny. I saw one of them up close and in person the other day and I can't say I was particularly impressed. Now, if there was a way to supercharge the thing and make it go 0-60 in under 4 seconds I could be talked into liking it.

Remember when someone said they'd plan cities around it... hehehe... well, in a way, they are!