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Segways Banned in UK Roads and Sidewalks

Posted on January 21, 2011

A United Kingdom judge has ruled that Segways are unsafe for sidewalks after agreeing that the transport device can be described as “a mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads.” This means that Segways are not allowed on the sidewalks and instead should be used on roads. However, Segways are already banned in streets due to safety issues (its inventor died while riding it, remember?). Where’s a Segway to go? On private grounds like gold courses and shopping malls.

The whole issue began when a Segway rider, Phillip Coates (pictured), was ticketed for riding a Segway on a sidewalk. He is considering an appeal after the verdict was announced.

Source: CNET, via CrunchGear
Photo: Ross Parry



Factually incorrect, in that it was invented by an American - Dean Kamen - before being sold to a British company in early 2010 led by British millionaire Jimi Heselden, chairman of Hesco Bastion, who died in an accident involving a Segway on 27 September 2010
Brett Donovan on January 25, 2011 at 4:56 am
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