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Riding a Segway on an MUT?!(7 posts)

Riding a Segway on an MUT?!filtersweep
May 28, 2003 8:12 AM
Memorial Day I rode on a road along a stretch of the Mississipppi by which there was an MUT. There I saw a man riding a Segway "scooter." It was a bit baffling considering all the 'bladers, bikes, joggers, and walkers... he seemed to have this real thing about wanting to "be seen." The fact that is was motorized while everyone else was out getting at least some sort of exercise? I really don't get it. I wanted to hop the curb and try knocking him over to see how well they really right themselves.

I guess I must be missing the point.

It isn't that unlike these guys I see downtown who ride motorized scooters- and I mean something more like a Razor scooter with a tiny motor on it- not a Vespa. One guy was bragging about how they are legal to ride on sidewalks and MUTs, despite the fact that they are motorized.
Less problem than the 'bladers ...Humma Hah
May 28, 2003 8:19 AM
He won't be fast, and won't take up much room. If there are 1000 people on the MUT around here, there are 6 million at home watching TV, so he's no worse than them.

E-bikes are just as bad. Invite either one out for a little ride ... about 25 miles should be enough to make your point when their battery goes dead at the halfway point, about 12.5 miles from home.
In Seattle you can rent them, but they are illegal on MUTs...miposy
May 28, 2003 9:13 AM
...because they aren't human powered. Those little scooters must be too for the same reason, though they haven't inspired any kind of public concern like the Segway.

I actually think the Segways are potentially more dangerous on MUTs, as they are around 75 pounds, can't turn quickly, and can go about 15 mph (I reject the whole, "guns, Segways, cars, and doughnuts aren't dangerous, people with guns, Segways, cars, and doughnuts are dangerous" argument). As far as I am concerned they are electric vehicles, and belong on the street or in bike lanes on streets.

Bikes, blades, runners, and walkers are having enough problems getting along without adding powered vehicles to the MUT mix.

BTW, I know you can argue some of my arguments against bikes as well as Segways, but Segways for leisure (sp?) are just plain wrong in that couch Potato/McDonalds/diet soda kind of way.
re: Riding a Segway on an MUT?!QuentinCassidy
May 28, 2003 9:53 AM
I rode a Segway the other day at work. Let me tell you, they're much much more suited to a MUT than the typical roller blader, dog on a leash, 5 year old with training wheels or moron on a hybrid.

Most Segway users will probably be morons too, but it's worth the tradeoff. Maybe it will mean a few less cars on the road and a few less rollerbladers on the trail during my evening workouts.

Welcome to the 21st century, McFly.
Old f@rt on a Whizzer:Alexx
May 28, 2003 9:55 AM
Last month, I saw some old geezer buzzing along the MUT on one of those stinkin' contraptions. He really, seriously, didn't know that he was breaking the law until I told him. Then, he said "well, what good is this thing if I can't ride it here?" good question, indeed.
Saw one on the Mt. Vernon trail a couple of weeks ago....Gregory Taylor
May 28, 2003 10:00 AM
...while commuting into work with "Rolling Thunder" (otherwise known as the Fast Flatulent Flyers). Gave him crap as we sped by. Sorry, no warm fuzzies for idiots that ride motorized vehicles on MUT's that are clearly marked "No Motorized Vehicles."
Whackfiltersweep
May 28, 2003 11:39 AM
I think part of the justification of a Segway is that motorized wheelchairs are permitted. I guess one wouldn't want to discriminate against those that are "non-handicapped" ?!

While on THAT topic, with all due respect to those over-endowed with adipose tissue, what is up with the fat person motorized chairs they rent at the Mall of America (locally)?

But nothing looked as stooopid as a Segway on an MUT- and the guy had the smuggest look I've ever seen. Real clever!