Segways are human transportation devices that operate on two wheels and run on electric power. Motors and computers in the base of the device keep the Segway upright, and as an individual leans forward, the device moves forward. If the user leans back, the device goes backwards. Handlebars allow individuals to steer left and right. It’s recommended that all riders wear helmets when operating a Segway.
Segways can be used as transportation for tours in some of the major cities around the world. City Segway Tours operates tours in San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest and Munich. Tourists ride Segways around these cities and receive guided tours of local attractions. Riders need to be at least 12 years old and can’t weigh more then 260 lbs. All tours start with a 30-minute training session to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the Segways before riding.
More then 1,000 security firms and law enforcement agencies use Segways for patrolling around the world. Rather than patrolling an area on foot or in vehicles, patrol officers can ride around on a Segway and respond to emergency situations. Segways are able to travel up to 12.5 miles per hour, and law enforcement agencies, such as the Washington Metro Police Department, have developed training programs to teach officers how to operate Segways safely. The advantages of using a Segway while patrolling is that it improves response times, reduces officer fatigue and lowers fuel and maintenance costs.
Individuals can use Segways as a form of personal transportation to go to work, run errands and visit friends. Segways that are fully charged can travel up to 24 miles, and a standard outlet wall can charge the batteries. Individuals can ride Segways in all types of weather. According to Segway.com, Segways are zero-emissions devices that are 11 times more efficient then a standard American vehicle.