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  • Mateus de Oliveira Fechino
    To say that this has major implications is an understatement. Frankly, it seems to me like this Segway has opened a new era in carfree discussions :
    Message 1 of 26 , Dec 4, 2001
      "To say that this has major implications is an understatement."

      Frankly, it seems to me like this Segway has opened a new era in
      carfree discussions : "before-Segway , post-Segway"

      Hello, everybody, for those who remember me , Im back

      Mateus
    • Simon Baddeley
      I don t want to seem unenthusiastic or risk a worse fate - being quoted like one of those clever people who said something like they couldn t hit an elephant
      Message 2 of 26 , Dec 4, 2001
        I don't want to seem unenthusiastic or risk a worse fate - being quoted like
        one of those clever people who said something like "they couldn't hit an
        elephant at this dist ..." but I wonder if this will catch on. Among the
        many reasons people persist in staying in cars - other than to get from A to
        B - is that they provide a reasonably roomy mobile sitting room that affords
        them secure storage and some semblance of protection for a group of up to 4
        or five people all carrying luggage and needing a place to put shopping,
        especially when it's cold and wet. If you've sorted those problems by living
        in town or being good with baggage, then you walk or cycle, using, perhaps,
        one of a variety of folding bicycles if you mixing choices of mobility. I
        like the idea of using the Segway for towing things around in a carfree
        environment but I have difficulty seeing the advantage of this device
        otherwise. Of course it has novelty value and for that reason alone will be
        popular for a while and may turn out to have some good specialised uses -
        especially if sales volume reduces the price dramatically. What I would miss
        is the way a bicycle allows you to be seated while you move around while
        also - except in the case of a recumbent - keeping your head on a level with
        most walkers. Is this just an inability to see the real novelty here? Could
        be. I stand to be corrected. The invention is obviously brilliant and I'd
        love to see it as a long term substitute for car-use. I think that what will
        help achieve carfree cities is a recognition - at the heart of Joel
        Crawford's book - that cities are more civilised places to be when they are
        carfree and designed to be friendly to walkers and cyclists while offering
        impressive rapid transit services and inventive interfaces for unloading
        road freight cargoes onto mini-carts and a range of tracked carriers that
        can mingle safely with walkers and other human powered vehicles.

        Regards

        Simon


        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Mateus de Oliveira Fechino" <mateus.fechino@...>
        To: <carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 12:45 PM
        Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: Segway


        >
        >
        > "To say that this has major implications is an understatement."
        >
        > Frankly, it seems to me like this Segway has opened a new era in
        > carfree discussions : "before-Segway , post-Segway"
        >
        > Hello, everybody, for those who remember me , Im back
        >
        > Mateus
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      • Mark Burgess
        ... Why do you say that? It can t go as fast as a bike, it *can* go much slower than a bike (including coming to a dead stop while still carrying its
        Message 3 of 26 , Dec 4, 2001
          "J.H. Crawford" said:
          >Let's not lose sight of the fact that Segway is nothing more than a
          >substitute for a bike.

          Why do you say that? It can't go as fast as a bike, it *can* go much
          slower than a bike (including coming to a dead stop while still
          carrying its passenger), it can turn around on a sidewalk, it can be
          used by folks who are semi-ambulatory (wearing a cast or whatever),
          it can go backwards, etc. etc. I don't really see either its form or
          its functionality as being bike-like at all.

          "Lanyon, Ryan" said:
          >I don't see these as being any different than Razor Scooters.

          You should compare the two a little more closely. Segway slightly
          resembles a scooter in form: you stand on it (though front-facing
          rather than side-facing) and hold a handle (a non-pivoting one
          however); it has two wheels (though with one axle rather than two).
          But functionality-wise it's not scooter-like in any way whatsoever.
          Really a scooter is a pedal-free, seatless bicycle, with limitations
          similar to those of a bike.

          If Segway is a "substitute" for anything it would be roller skates.



          > >3. How well will pedestrians and HTs really mix?
          >
          >No better than bicyclists riding on the sidewalk, I'm afraid.

          Certainly bikes don't belong on sidewalks. Why? Because they can't go
          slow enough, they fall down, they can't go backwards, they aren't
          very maneuverable, they're too big, etc. If only there was a vehicle
          that addressed these shortcomings...


          --
          Mark
        • J.H. Crawford
          ... I don t regard these as terribly important differences; the main thingis that it is much faster than walking and about the same speed as cycling (saving
          Message 4 of 26 , Dec 5, 2001
            Mark Burgess said:

            >>Let's not lose sight of the fact that Segway is nothing more than a
            >>substitute for a bike.
            >
            >Why do you say that? It can't go as fast as a bike, it *can* go much
            >slower than a bike (including coming to a dead stop while still
            >carrying its passenger), it can turn around on a sidewalk, it can be
            >used by folks who are semi-ambulatory (wearing a cast or whatever),
            >it can go backwards, etc. etc. I don't really see either its form or
            >its functionality as being bike-like at all.

            I don't regard these as terribly important differences; the main
            thingis that it is much faster than walking and about the same
            speed as cycling (saving aside those on racing bikes). There
            are differences, of course, but for most users they would substitute
            interchangably as far as function. A competent cyclist can ride more
            slowly than a pedestrian when necessary.

            >> >3. How well will pedestrians and HTs really mix?
            >>
            >>No better than bicyclists riding on the sidewalk, I'm afraid.
            >
            >Certainly bikes don't belong on sidewalks. Why? Because they can't go
            >slow enough, they fall down, they can't go backwards, they aren't
            >very maneuverable, they're too big, etc. If only there was a vehicle
            >that addressed these shortcomings...

            Actually, bikes can mix fine with pedestrians on sidewalks,
            as long as there aren't too many of either and the cyclists
            are careful. Same is probably true of Segway, although I do
            wonder just how quickly a Segway can stop in an emergency;
            a bike can stop pretty quickly.



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          • Mark Burgess
            ... ?? A pedestrian can go zero mph.. ... Well, if you were walking and I were riding you d want me on the street. ;-) ... That s a good question. I expect
            Message 5 of 26 , Dec 5, 2001
              At 8:39 AM +0000 12/5/01, J.H. Crawford wrote:
              >interchangably as far as function. A competent cyclist can ride more
              >slowly than a pedestrian when necessary.

              ?? A pedestrian can go zero mph..


              >Actually, bikes can mix fine with pedestrians on sidewalks,

              Well, if you were walking and I were riding you'd want me on the street. ;-)


              >wonder just how quickly a Segway can stop in an emergency;
              >a bike can stop pretty quickly.

              That's a good question. I expect that if the guinea pigs this year
              find an emergency brake necessary one will get added to the Segway.

              But I think the question that raises is whether or not Segways will
              *need* to stop quickly as often as bikes do.

              As a driver I can't count the number of times I've seen (or nearly
              hit) cyclists who ride across streets or driveways without slowing
              down or considering the color of the traffic signal or whatever. I've
              ridden enough to know why: on a bike it's a hassle to stop at every
              potential hazard, especially if there are toe clips involved, no good
              pole to lean against while waiting, etc. Upshifting and downshifting
              can be tedious if it has to be done every block. For me at least
              there's a definite psychological inertia that's hard to overcome.

              OTOH when I am a pedestrian I don't mind stopping at corners and in
              fact feel safer doing so even if the law says I don't have to. I
              think Segwayists (?!) will feel more like pedestrians and will tend
              to travel with a similar level of caution.


              --
              Mark
            • Simon Baddeley
              Any more news about this? S ... From: Chris Bradshaw To: Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 4:22 AM
              Message 6 of 26 , Jan 13 8:42 AM
                Any more news about this? S
                ----- Original Message -----
                From: "Chris Bradshaw" <chris@...>
                To: <carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 4:22 AM
                Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Segway


                I read this article (below) at breakfast this morning and
                turned on the TV in time to see the conclusion of the GMA
                segment. I will predict that it may completely change
                urban transportation as we know it today.
              • Jym Dyer
                ... =v= About the Segway, the revolutionary device that runs entirely on hype? No, but in _VeloNews_ somebody turned Segway Human Transporter into an
                Message 7 of 26 , Jan 13 3:16 PM
                  > Any more news about this? S

                  =v= About the Segway, "the revolutionary device that runs
                  entirely on hype?" No, but in _VeloNews_ somebody turned
                  "Segway Human Transporter" into an acronym and wrote a funny
                  screed with the title, "Who Needs This SHT?" You can find
                  it here:

                  http://www.maddogmedia.com/

                  =v= Earlier, I mentioned that I was interested in a much better
                  innovation, the Megway:

                  http://web.0sil8.com/episodes/megway/

                  I was particularly interested in the Meg Ryan model, and there
                  have been some interesting developments there. The last time I
                  was in a supermarket I saw a checkout rack headline in which she
                  allegedly laments that nobody tries to pick her up when she goes
                  to a bar. Well, my first thought was, "Where is this bar?" and
                  my second thought was that, if she can't be picked up, motorists
                  probably won't be able to fold her up and put her in a trunk.
                  Good for her, but no doubt that means sales will suffer, and
                  maybe the price will come down. A boon for us carfree folks!

                  =v= But now I have another concern. You see, the Megway runs
                  on a soy latte and an English muffin, but in her last movie,
                  Meg Ryan hung out at Cafe Lalo, where lattes cost $4 apiece and
                  you have to bring your own soymilk. More recently, I saw an ad
                  for her new movie, in which she's jumping around in front of
                  Petrossian, where lattes are $6 and, again, no soymilk.

                  =v= So now I'm worried that, while the Meg Ryan model might be
                  ideal for many of my needs, particularly in the area of comedy
                  and romance, the cost of fuel might make her too expensive an
                  alternative for everyday transportation. If I could adapt her
                  to run on my homemade soy lattes (which are organic, cost much
                  less, and IMHO taste much better), we might work things out.
                  <_Jym_>
                • Simon Baddeley
                  Thanks, Jym. Who knows, the thing might catch on but I don t think it will. I like your Megway though and I have no heart for mocking an invention into which
                  Message 8 of 26 , Jan 13 4:40 PM
                    Thanks, Jym. Who knows, the thing might catch on but I don't think it will.
                    I like your Megway though and I have no heart for mocking an invention into
                    which someone has put so much creative investment. I was surprised Joel that
                    thinks highly of it, but may be that's about being open to new ideas. You
                    win some you lose some and some you just can't tell. I hope I am open too
                    innovation. I like gadgets but I can't very excited by the Segway. It is
                    ingenious and interesting but compared to a bicycle it lacks style. It
                    requires too much passivity from its user - which would of course make it
                    good for people with limited mobility, so maybe I'll come to one in later
                    years. I do like the PowerTryke though:

                    http://www.epc-wheelchairs.co.uk/cycles/pdq.htm

                    The Powertryke is an electric powered front wheel with brakes and handlebars
                    that attaches to almost any wheelchair. I am having one demonstrated in
                    early Feb when I go to visit my mother because I think it can liberate
                    people who are otherwise bound to normal wheel chair speeds. Her husband in
                    his late 80s is missing getting out and about. this might help.

                    I'll tell you what I think when I see the thing at work.

                    Regards

                    Simon

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                  • Doug Salzmann
                    ... Mocking an invention is not the same as mocking the inventor (although inventors will usually experience it that way). Segways, used on
                    Message 9 of 26 , Jan 13 5:44 PM
                      At 04:40 PM Sunday 1/13/2002, Simon wrote:

                      >I like your Megway though and I have no heart for mocking an invention into
                      >which someone has put so much creative investment.

                      Mocking an invention is not the same as mocking the inventor (although
                      inventors will usually experience it that way).

                      Segways, used on sidewalks/pavements, where the inventor intends them to be
                      used, are just a new way to assault and intimidate pedestrians. Here's my
                      slightly scatological mockery: <http://www.talkpath.com/sht>.

                      We need to reject the idea that they can be operated safely in a pedestrian
                      environment. They cannot be.

                      Now, if the users want to operate them in the roadways, I'm all for
                      it. Anything that slows down the cars.

                      > I was surprised Joel that
                      >thinks highly of it, but may be that's about being open to new ideas.

                      Does he? I missed that. Well, Crawford is usually right about these
                      things, but. . . not this time, if he supports powered vehicles in
                      pedestrian space.

                      >The Powertryke is an electric powered front wheel with brakes and handlebars
                      >that attaches to almost any wheelchair. I am having one demonstrated in
                      >early Feb when I go to visit my mother because I think it can liberate
                      >people who are otherwise bound to normal wheel chair speeds. Her husband in
                      >his late 80s is missing getting out and about. this might help.

                      Devices like this should not be operated in pedestrian space at
                      higher-than-walking-speed, either. Disability should not constitute
                      license to intimidate and inconvenience others -- effectively turning the
                      tables and disabling the pedestrians.

                      -Doug
                    • Jym Dyer
                      ... =v= I wish I could take credit, but somebody else came up with that site. ... =v= Well, I think the invention is really impressive, and I d actually be
                      Message 10 of 26 , Jan 13 6:12 PM
                        > I like your Megway though ...

                        =v= I wish I could take credit, but somebody else came up
                        with that site.

                        > I have no heart for mocking an invention into which someone
                        > has put so much creative investment.

                        =v= Well, I think the invention is really impressive, and I'd
                        actually be very interested in trying one out. I have to admit
                        I'm as vulnerable to the charms of nifty gadgetry as any other
                        engineer. I just don't think it's something to redesign cities
                        around, and I think all the hyperbole to that effect deserves
                        a bit of parody.
                        <_Jym_>
                      • Louis-Luc
                        ... I really hope that Segways are to be a replacement/alternative to cars. If I ever get the chance to use one, I ll be more than happy to take my place on
                        Message 11 of 26 , Jan 13 7:07 PM
                          > Segways, used on sidewalks/pavements, where the inventor intends
                          > them to be
                          > used, are just a new way to assault and intimidate pedestrians.
                          > Here's my
                          > slightly scatological mockery: <http://www.talkpath.com/sht>.
                          >
                          > We need to reject the idea that they can be operated safely in a
                          > pedestrian
                          > environment. They cannot be.
                          >
                          > Now, if the users want to operate them in the roadways, I'm all for
                          > it. Anything that slows down the cars.
                          >
                          I really hope that Segways are to be a replacement/alternative to cars. If I
                          ever get the chance to use one, I'll be more than happy to take my place on
                          the road as a true vehicle, while looking at pedestrians on my right
                          enjoying themselves on the sidewalk. If everyone does see Segways as
                          vehicles, then motorists will find it normal to share the road with them,
                          just like sharing the road with cyclists. And as pedestrians, our job is to
                          use full width of the sidewalks; making Segwayists feeling they can't speed
                          up on sidewalks and their place is on the road -- to slow down cars :-)

                          Louis-Luc
                        • Jym Dyer
                          ... =v= Well, that s the crux of my complaint about the hype: it was rolled out with much fanfare as a revolutionary device that would replace the car, but
                          Message 12 of 26 , Jan 13 8:08 PM
                            > I really hope that Segways are to be a replacement/alternative
                            > to cars. If I ever get the chance to use one, I'll be more
                            > than happy to take my place on the road as a true vehicle ...

                            =v= Well, that's the crux of my complaint about the hype: it
                            was rolled out with much fanfare as a revolutionary device that
                            would replace the car, but when that first media splash ended,
                            they quietly dropped all mention of that vision.

                            =v= Take a look at their website now and you'll see nothing but
                            photos of people riding them on the sidewalks, and some babble
                            about "empowered pedestrians." There was also a _Salon_ article
                            in which Dean Kamen revealed that he didn't think much of the
                            whole idea of people walking from place to place. Ugh.

                            > If everyone does see Segways as vehicles, then motorists will
                            > find it normal to share the road with them, just like sharing
                            > the road with cyclists.

                            =v= Of course, they'll first have to learn that they need to
                            share the road with cyclists. :^|

                            =v= My concern is that the Segway will be consigned to bike
                            facilities, in much the way that California has led the nation
                            in clogging our bike lanes and paths with all manner of slow,
                            polluting motorized gizmos. Segways go an average of 11mph,
                            much slower than a bicycle.

                            =v= My other concern is that, wherever they end up, they'll be
                            operated by people with an overinflated sense of entitlement.
                            They'll have spent $3000 or more for this gizmo, and by God if
                            any old ladies with walkers or mere bicyclists get in their way,
                            they're gonna mow us down.
                            <_Jym_>
                          • joel crawfordd
                            Hi All, I m e-mail crippled right now and have to post my responses using one of the free-mail programs. I do not check mail at the address from which I m
                            Message 13 of 26 , Jan 14 3:09 AM
                              Hi All,

                              I'm e-mail crippled right now and have to post my
                              responses using one of the free-mail programs.
                              I do not check mail at the address from which I'm
                              sending, so do not reply to this address.

                              There has been some question regarding my position
                              on the Segway. It's not simple, so here goes:

                              The Segway does little or nothing that a bike does
                              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.

                              That said, I can see it having some application is
                              two separate areas:

                              1. Within cities, it can be used in streets and
                              bike lanes as another form of personal transport.
                              Its 12.5 MPH speed is sufficiently high that it can
                              reasonably mix with bicycle traffic. (I know that
                              those of you who regard 30 MPH as a normal and
                              responsible speed to ride in dense urban areas will
                              not agree with this. Most people don't ride bikes
                              faster than 15 MPH, and I think all urban street
                              traffic should be limited to 15 MPH in all cases,
                              not excepting bikes. The danger to crossing
                              pedestrians is simply too great at higher speeds.

                              2. In other areas, I think the Segway can probably
                              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.

                              As to the long-term effects of the Segway on urban
                              development, I'm inclined to think that they will
                              be minimal--they're too expensive to have a large
                              impact. They do have one nice attribute--they have
                              a small enough footprint that they can readily be
                              taken onto level-loading metros and are quite easy
                              to park in crowded urban areas. The size of bikes is
                              a fairly serious nuisance in their use in cities.

                              Regards,

                              J.H. Crawford




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                            • Doug Salzmann
                              ... I doubt that. Folks who can t walk very far in comfort are unlikely to be able to stand on a Segway for very long. And Segway s only advantage over a
                              Message 14 of 26 , Jan 14 6:41 AM
                                At 03:09 AM Monday 1/14/2002, Joel wrote:

                                >The Segway does little or nothing that a bike does
                                >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.

                                I doubt that. Folks who can't walk very far in comfort are unlikely to be
                                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
                                space.

                                >1. Within cities, it can be used in streets and
                                >bike lanes as another form of personal transport.
                                >Its 12.5 MPH speed is sufficiently high that it can
                                >reasonably mix with bicycle traffic.

                                Agreed.

                                >2. In other areas, I think the Segway can probably
                                >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.

                                I'm afraid the "if" describes a world that doesn't exist. I walk on shared
                                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.

                                -Doug
                              • Richard Risemberg
                                ... And by pedestrians. I bicycle occasionally on an ostensibly bicycle-only facility on the beach in Los Angeles--my purpose being free exercise, people
                                Message 15 of 26 , Jan 14 7:42 AM
                                  Doug Salzmann wrote:

                                  > I'm afraid the "if" describes a world that doesn't exist. I walk on shared
                                  > 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.
                                  And by pedestrians. I bicycle occasionally on an ostensibly
                                  bicycle-only facility on the beach in Los Angeles--my purpose being free
                                  exercise, people watching, and the presence of the ocean. Pedestrians
                                  are prohibited from using the facility except to cross it, but of course
                                  they crowd onto it in hordes, and the cops hardly care. It's one of the
                                  few places in LA where one can indulge in athletic riding without having
                                  to watch for cars, but instead one faces crowds of oblivious waddlers
                                  trudging along three or four abreast, or just standing there, usually,
                                  by some bizarre preference, in the middle of a blind turn. The path is
                                  well-posted, but in spite of numerous accidents, no one cares much.
                                  There's talk of building a separate path for bikes paralleling the first
                                  one, a pretty ridiculous expense.

                                  I LOVE walking for transport, in fact presently preferring it to
                                  bicycing, but when I bike, which I also love, I do so becuase I wish to
                                  go farther faster while still being engaged in the world. Politeness
                                  and deference need to exist on all sides.

                                  Then again, people walk along railroad tracks and are regularly
                                  macerated by trains here, so I shouldn't expect much. (Somehow they try
                                  to blame the trains...!)

                                  Richard
                                  --
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                                  "Hope cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is
                                  just like the roads across the earth. For actually there were no roads
                                  to begin with, but when many people pass one way a road is made."

                                  Lu Hsun
                                • Doug Salzmann
                                  ... Absolutely. ... Is there a similarly-attractive pedestrian-only facility serving the same stretch? ... Indeed. However, on shared facilities, all other
                                  Message 16 of 26 , Jan 14 8:23 AM
                                    I said:
                                    > > Careful, responsible behavior by
                                    > > cyclists, skaters, scooter riders, etc. is so rare as to be a
                                    > > calendar-marking event.

                                    And Rick responded:

                                    >And by pedestrians.

                                    Absolutely.

                                    > I bicycle occasionally on an ostensibly
                                    >bicycle-only facility on the beach in Los Angeles--my purpose being free
                                    >exercise, people watching, and the presence of the ocean. Pedestrians
                                    >are prohibited from using the facility except to cross it, but of course
                                    >they crowd onto it in hordes, and the cops hardly care.

                                    Is there a similarly-attractive pedestrian-only facility serving the same
                                    stretch?

                                    >I LOVE walking for transport, in fact presently preferring it to
                                    >bicycing, but when I bike, which I also love, I do so becuase I wish to
                                    >go farther faster while still being engaged in the world. Politeness
                                    >and deference need to exist on all sides.

                                    Indeed. However, on shared facilities, all other users must yield to
                                    pedestrians and operate in such manner as to avoid startling, intimidating,
                                    assaulting and terrorizing walkers. Among other things, that means, like
                                    it or not, operating at near-walking speed when passing/overtaking
                                    pedestrians. They won't do that, though, absent enforcement that just
                                    doesn't happen. So, the best practice is to severely restrict the
                                    operation of all vehicles in pedestrian space.

                                    Bicycles, Segways, etc. belong on the roadway.

                                    >Then again, people walk along railroad tracks and are regularly
                                    >macerated by trains here, so I shouldn't expect much. (Somehow they try
                                    >to blame the trains...!)

                                    Not me. I blame the planners.

                                    -Doug
                                  • Jym Dyer
                                    ... =v= Yeah, it s called the beach.
                                    Message 17 of 26 , Jan 14 9:00 AM
                                      > Is there a similarly-attractive pedestrian-only facility
                                      > serving the same stretch?

                                      =v= Yeah, it's called the beach.
                                      <_Jym_>
                                    • Doug Salzmann
                                      ... Cute. But I m going to assume that Jym is serious. In which case, the obvious question would be, So, why isn t that sufficient for cycling? And the
                                      Message 18 of 26 , Jan 14 9:19 AM
                                        I asked:

                                        > > Is there a similarly-attractive pedestrian-only facility
                                        > > serving the same stretch?

                                        And Jym responded:

                                        >=v= Yeah, it's called the beach.

                                        Cute. But I'm going to assume that Jym is serious.

                                        In which case, the obvious question would be, "So, why isn't that
                                        sufficient for cycling?"

                                        And the answer would be that ordinarily-equipped bicycles don't operate
                                        well in sand, and that it would be unreasonable to expect cyclists to pedal
                                        along the beach for long distances -- the speed is too slow and the
                                        exertion too great. Likewise, aimless strolling along the beach is
                                        wonderful recreation, and may even be good exercise for many. However,
                                        walking in sand for long distances is strenuous, quite difficult for many
                                        people, and should no more be required or expected of pedestrians than
                                        riding in sand should be expected of cyclists.

                                        So, my question of Rick remains:

                                        > > Is there a similarly-attractive pedestrian-only facility
                                        > > serving the same stretch?

                                        -Doug
                                      • Simon Baddeley
                                        Doug - I shouldn t have said speeds . You are quite right. I liked the PowerTryke because it appears to allow wheelchair users to go on forest tracks with
                                        Message 19 of 26 , Jan 14 10:26 AM
                                          Doug - I shouldn't have said "speeds". You are quite right. I liked the
                                          PowerTryke because it appears to allow wheelchair users to go on forest
                                          tracks with reasonable gradients at a little faster than walkers and
                                          certainly better than the wheel chair. In towns it seems it may be able to
                                          get you round rather better than a wheel chair.
                                          Regards
                                          Simon

                                          ----- Original Message -----
                                          From: "Doug Salzmann" <doug@...>
                                          To: <carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com>
                                          Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 1:44 AM
                                          Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Segway


                                          At 04:40 PM Sunday 1/13/2002, Simon wrote:

                                          >I like your Megway though and I have no heart for mocking an invention into
                                          >which someone has put so much creative investment.

                                          Mocking an invention is not the same as mocking the inventor (although
                                          inventors will usually experience it that way).

                                          Segways, used on sidewalks/pavements, where the inventor intends them to be
                                          used, are just a new way to assault and intimidate pedestrians. Here's my
                                          slightly scatological mockery: <http://www.talkpath.com/sht>.

                                          We need to reject the idea that they can be operated safely in a pedestrian
                                          environment. They cannot be.

                                          Now, if the users want to operate them in the roadways, I'm all for
                                          it. Anything that slows down the cars.

                                          > I was surprised Joel that
                                          >thinks highly of it, but may be that's about being open to new ideas.

                                          Does he? I missed that. Well, Crawford is usually right about these
                                          things, but. . . not this time, if he supports powered vehicles in
                                          pedestrian space.

                                          >The Powertryke is an electric powered front wheel with brakes and
                                          handlebars
                                          >that attaches to almost any wheelchair. I am having one demonstrated in
                                          >early Feb when I go to visit my mother because I think it can liberate
                                          >people who are otherwise bound to normal wheel chair speeds. Her husband in
                                          >his late 80s is missing getting out and about. this might help.

                                          Devices like this should not be operated in pedestrian space at
                                          higher-than-walking-speed, either. Disability should not constitute
                                          license to intimidate and inconvenience others -- effectively turning the
                                          tables and disabling the pedestrians.

                                          -Doug







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                                        • Richard Risemberg
                                          ... Yes, indeed, and bikes are not permitted on it. (In some strecthes of this twenty-mile beach, the facility is shared, and then I do slow down.) R --
                                          Message 20 of 26 , Jan 14 9:08 PM
                                            Doug Salzmann wrote:

                                            >
                                            > > I bicycle occasionally on an ostensibly
                                            > >bicycle-only facility on the beach in Los Angeles--my purpose being free
                                            > >exercise, people watching, and the presence of the ocean. Pedestrians
                                            > >are prohibited from using the facility except to cross it, but of course
                                            > >they crowd onto it in hordes, and the cops hardly care.
                                            >
                                            > Is there a similarly-attractive pedestrian-only facility serving the same
                                            > stretch?

                                            Yes, indeed, and bikes are not permitted on it. (In some strecthes of
                                            this twenty-mile beach, the facility is shared, and then I do slow
                                            down.)

                                            R
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                                            just like the roads across the earth. For actually there were no roads
                                            to begin with, but when many people pass one way a road is made."

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                                          • Doug Salzmann
                                            ... Well, in that case, if you can t avoid colliding with these scofflaws, try to pick affluent ones. ;-) -Doug
                                            Message 21 of 26 , Jan 15 5:57 AM
                                              At 09:08 PM Monday 1/14/2002, Rick wrote:

                                              > > Is there a similarly-attractive pedestrian-only facility serving the same
                                              > > stretch?
                                              >
                                              >Yes, indeed, and bikes are not permitted on it. (In some strecthes of
                                              >this twenty-mile beach, the facility is shared, and then I do slow
                                              >down.)

                                              Well, in that case, if you can't avoid colliding with these scofflaws, try
                                              to pick affluent ones. ;-)

                                              -Doug
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