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Illinois House Approves Segway Sidewalk Riding

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  • Robert J. Matter
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-leg02.html Chicago Sun-Times April 2, 2002 House members also saw a motorized scooter shoot through the Statehouse,
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      Chicago Sun-Times
      April 2, 2002

      House members also saw a motorized scooter shoot through the
      Statehouse, and they overwhelmingly passed a bill allowing people to
      ride it on sidewalks.

      Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), drew a crowd as he whizzed around
      the Statehouse on the Segway Human Transporter, a device he says
      will change the way people get around.

      "It's like you're floating, it's remarkable," Burke said.

      It's now up to the Senate to decide whether to pass this bill along to
      Gov. Ryan. If it becomes law, each municipality in the state will
      decide whether they want it on their sidewalks.

      The plan has already drawn fire from 48th Ward Ald. Mary Ann
      Smith, who said it would be a disaster on sidewalks like Sheridan
      Road in Edgewater, where the city has cracked down on bicyclists on
      sidewalks.
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