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    Posted on April 8th, 2019 admin No comments

    Segway Guided Tours

    Personal Transporter Intuitive, Easy to Use.

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    About the Segway personal transport

    The Segway Personal Transporter (Segway PT, originally called Segway Human Transporter or Segway HT) is a self-balancing two-wheeled electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It was first introduced in 2001 and is produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire, USA. Although initial sales did not meet expectations, later models found gradual acceptance with police forces, warehouse personnel, and – increasingly – urban tours. My wife and I took one such tour in Yuma, Arizona in 2009

    Tom & Dawn on Yuma Segway tour

    Riding the Segway PT

    Riding a Segway PT, we found, is as intuitive as walking. Users lean forward to go forward, with the forward speed proportional to the amount of lean (up to a limit built into the device). Stand upright to stop or remain in place. Lean back to go backward, again with proportional (and limited) speed. Although the original HT/PT used a twist handlebar to turn, our models turned with a “Lean Steer” handlebar, leaning it left or right to go in the appropriate direction .

    “I was a bit afraid of it, at first,” said my wife Dawn, who was 62 at the time we took the Segway tour in Yuma. “But Kate, the tour guide, was very patient, and it only took a few minutes before I felt confident. It’s really easy to use.”

    “Our oldest rider was 85,” says Kate Cook of SegwaYuma Tours. “He had no trouble at all.”

    Cook and her husband Steve, a retired airline pilot, started their Segway Guided Tour company in 2007. “We were looking for a good business, and recognized a need for this kind of thing in the Yuma area,” Steve explained. The Yuma tour will take a maximum of six visitors. “We offer up to a half hour of training, then a 90-minute tour through historic downtown Yuma, over the Ocean to Ocean Bridge, through Yuma Crossing, along the Colorado River to Pivot Point.”

    Segway Guided Tours

    “Transporters are becoming popular because they allow tourists to cover much more territory than a walking tour while still offering an up-close-and-personal experience, a quality often missing from bus tours and similar excursions….This often results in a tour that is much more fun and lively than a traditional mass-market tour,” claims the Segway Guided Tours Directory.

    We rode around a good-sized chunk of Yuma on our tour

    According to that Directory, the number of Segway Guided Tour companies had grown by 1000% since 2004 to the time of our tour. It now lists 651 tours in 436 cities in 56 countries. Of 319 currently (at time of writing) listed independent tour operators in the United States, sixty-one (61) are in Florida, with California a close second at 48 (48). At the time we did our Yuma tour, those figures were 200 worldwide, 18 in Florica, and 21 in California, which shows how much the activity has grown in the past decade

    In addition to U.S. locations, the directory features tours worldwide in areas as diverse as Lithuania, Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom; the number of international Segway guided tour operations doubled between 2006 and 2008.

    Environmentally friendly

    Here’s a little green propaganda from the Segway folks.

    Zero emissions are only part of the benefit of using a Segway PT. You’re doing more than just shifting your consumption from petroleum to electric. Everything about the PT was designed to use that electricity as efficiently as possible. When you dig a little deeper, and compare the source fuel (petroleum vs. the fuel mix used to produce electricity), plus the cost of distributing or transporting the power, the Segway PT is eleven times more efficient than the average American car, and over three times more efficient than even the highest-mileage scooters.

    The Segway PT has many benefits for you and the environment: less gas to buy, easier to park, and less wear on your car. It can also help reduce the impact of global warming by reducing our greenhouse gas output and consumption of imported fossil fuels.

    Changes to Segway Tours

    The Cooks retired and sold their business some time ago, and we lost touch. However, there is still a Segway tour in Yuma and I’m sure it’s well worth a visit. Some tours may now use the newer Segway Minipro or its lighter Ninebot cousin.

    If you have a chance to take a Segway tour, we certainly recommend that you give it a try.


    A version of this article was originally posted on Suite101.com

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