802 Segways, a small Vermont company, is proposing to operate guided Segway tours on the Burlington Bike Path and some city sidewalks. Their proposal can be read here. The company has agreed to do a number of good things — requiring guides, helmets, and moderate speeds, but they head into uncharted territory with Burlington commissions considering what regulations to impose on Segway use in general — whether in tours or otherwise.
The Burlington Parks & Recreation Commission met on November 17, 5:30pm at Parks Offices (645 Pine Street, Burlington) to discuss the proposal. About 15 people spoke with feedback split about 50/50. The Commission has asked staff to bring forward a recommendation to their January ’10 meeting.
What do you think? Is this a benefit to Burlington? Does the proposal need conditions? Should it be rejected? Give us your thoughts!
A couple years ago, due to lobbying from the Segway company, the Vermont Legislature gave Segways “the rights and duties of pedestrians.” However, the state law also allows municipalities to set their own regulations — even if they contradict State law. Here are the key provisions:
Section 1: Definition of Electronic Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (aka Segways)
Section 1141a: Required equipment, giving Segways the rights of pedestrians
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