4192Re: [carfree_cities] Segway
- Jan 14, 2002At 03:09 AM Monday 1/14/2002, Joel wrote:
>The Segway does little or nothing that a bike doesI doubt that. Folks who can't walk very far in comfort are unlikely to be
>not do, except that it may be useful for people like
>my mother, who never leared to ride a bike and is
>too old now.
able to stand on a Segway for very long. And Segway's only advantage over a
much-more-comfortable "mobility scooter" or powered wheelchair would be
that it could be operated at speeds that should be prohibited in pedestrian
>1. Within cities, it can be used in streets andAgreed.
>bike lanes as another form of personal transport.
>Its 12.5 MPH speed is sufficiently high that it can
>reasonably mix with bicycle traffic.
>2. In other areas, I think the Segway can probablyI'm afraid the "if" describes a world that doesn't exist. I walk on shared
>be ridden safely on sidewalks (where these exist),
>as long as the riders are responsible and yield to
>pedestrians. We see the same sort of thing with bikes
>in lower-density urban areas--they can be ridden on
>sidewalks if the riders are responsible and careful.
facilities in the Bay Area daily, and have walked and cycled on such
facilities in many other places. Careful, responsible behavior by
cyclists, skaters, scooter riders, etc. is so rare as to be a
calendar-marking event. In general, they all whiz around recklessly,
overtaking much too closely and much too fast, without warning, riding two
or three abreast and forcing pedestrians off the edges of the
pathways,etc. They're in a hurry and they resent the presence of
pedestrians, which occasionally forces them to slow down, in violation of
their God-given rights. There's a reason that there are many more cycling
crashes per mile on shared facilities than on roads: Shared facilities are
inherently more dangerous.
The last thing we need is yet another vehicle.
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