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Hardened Segway criminals rampaging along the lake foreshore

johnboy 4 July 2011 25

Segway scooters are famously not legal to ride in Australia either on the footpath, or upon the road.

But it is the way of scofflaw criminals to video themselves in breach of the law and publish it for all the world to see on YouTube.

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Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:01 pm 05 Jul 11

creative_canberran said :

On a side note, the founder of Segway Jimi Heselden died late last year after riding one off a cliff into a river in “non suspicious” circumstances.

Meanwhile, the actual inventor of the Segway (Dean Kamen) drinks his own piss on stage, and was doing it long before Bear Grylss made it pouplar.

Stevian Stevian 11:42 am 05 Jul 11

creative_canberran said :

On a side note, the founder of Segway Jimi Heselden died late last year after riding one off a cliff into a river in “non suspicious” circumstances. Wonder how many tourists will end up over shooting Regatta Point and ending up in Central Basin?

To my knowledge, their power and physical size make them illegal on all public property. I would think if these are legit, then it is by virtue of the NCA controlling land use and having the power to grant exemption on permit and with appropriate public liability cover.

Have to say though, I blame the idiot using these. Aside from who would want to look like a dorky mall cop… you’ve got legs!

You make it sound like it was foolishness on his part, he was being polite and moved to one side to let someone coming the other way on the path get by. Carelessness, I admit, but you attempt to create a false impression by with-holding all the facts. For shame

Henry82 Henry82 11:26 am 05 Jul 11

Classified said :

These things are all over the place, and lots of people use them with no ill effects. We should legalise them to remove the criminal element and to minimise harm.

Would you mind though if i installed a 2HP electric motor on my bicycle and overtook you driving on Northborne? As far as i can tell, the segway motor is 7 times the legal limit.

nsn nsn 9:00 am 05 Jul 11

creative_canberran said :

On a side note, the founder of Segway Jimi Heselden died late last year after riding one off a cliff into a river in “non suspicious” circumstances. Wonder how many tourists will end up over shooting Regatta Point and ending up in Central Basin?

Holy misinformation, Batman! (With thanks to niftydog.)

He was not the founder of Segway. He bought the company behind Segway in 2009.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 6:46 pm 04 Jul 11

On a side note, the founder of Segway Jimi Heselden died late last year after riding one off a cliff into a river in “non suspicious” circumstances. Wonder how many tourists will end up over shooting Regatta Point and ending up in Central Basin?

To my knowledge, their power and physical size make them illegal on all public property. I would think if these are legit, then it is by virtue of the NCA controlling land use and having the power to grant exemption on permit and with appropriate public liability cover.

Have to say though, I blame the idiot using these. Aside from who would want to look like a dorky mall cop… you’ve got legs!

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:45 pm 04 Jul 11

Looks like a classic case of the law not catching up with technology. Perhaps if we get a person running in front of the Segway with a red flag…

Classified Classified 6:41 pm 04 Jul 11

These things are all over the place, and lots of people use them with no ill effects. We should legalise them to remove the criminal element and to minimise harm.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 4:59 pm 04 Jul 11

I would’ve assumed that drivers had the legal sanction to mount curbs in order to hit Segways that strayed too close, much like killer whales hunting seals on Argentinian beaches.

aronde aronde 4:57 pm 04 Jul 11

Mrs aronde and I had a go of the Segways at the Sunshine Coast. They were only allowed there because it was private property and even then we could not go on the beach because the council would not allow it. If it is true they can be rented out in Canberra I’d like to know how they got around the illegality of them on footpaths and roads.

And for anyone interested they are easy to ride once you get the hang of them. They have a ‘turtle’ mode that cripples them to 10km/h and can do about 20 or so unrestricted. We cruised around in turtle mode for an hour or so before being let loose on full speed and boy was that fun! Weird sensation flying along at speed whilst standing up. Anyway great for a laugh but I think not so great for extended periods as a transport method as you get really sore calf muscles after a while – much better to walk or cycle.

niftydog niftydog 4:41 pm 04 Jul 11

Don’t worry, I found it. I just thought you were referring to the recent thread here about the fabled “rule 73”.

niftydog niftydog 4:33 pm 04 Jul 11

churl said :

If the driver is turning left or right … the driver must also give way to any pedestrian at or near the intersection who is crossing the road, or part of the road, the driver is entering.
Stop signs etc don’t come into it.

Care to cite the rule you’re referring too?

churl churl 4:25 pm 04 Jul 11

Sorry for the thread Segue

pptvb pptvb 4:00 pm 04 Jul 11

churl said :

niftydog said :

Glad I wasn’t trying to overtake her on my bike… actually, a well timed ‘ding’ might have sent her for a swim!

churl said :

Well I dont know about Segways, but if you’re turning into a road, you have to give way to ‘continuing’ pedestrians. (Try this at your own risk in Canberra, however.)

Holy misinformation, Batman! This only applies to T-intersections with no traffic lights, stop sign, stop line, give way sign or give way line. Not a lot of them around when you think about it.

Sounds like you’re one of our problem ‘might is right’ drivers. Have a look at the road rules:
If the driver is turning left or right … the driver must also give way to any pedestrian at or near the intersection who is crossing the road, or part of the road, the driver is entering.
Stop signs etc don’t come into it.

Yes..”.Have a look at the road rules:”
PEDESTRIAN not Segwestrian.

p1 p1 3:51 pm 04 Jul 11

churl said :

niftydog said :

Glad I wasn’t trying to overtake her on my bike… actually, a well timed ‘ding’ might have sent her for a swim!

churl said :

Well I dont know about Segways, but if you’re turning into a road, you have to give way to ‘continuing’ pedestrians. (Try this at your own risk in Canberra, however.)

Holy misinformation, Batman! This only applies to T-intersections with no traffic lights, stop sign, stop line, give way sign or give way line. Not a lot of them around when you think about it.

Sounds like you’re one of our problem ‘might is right’ drivers. Have a look at the road rules:
If the driver is turning left or right … the driver must also give way to any pedestrian at or near the intersection who is crossing the road, or part of the road, the driver is entering.
Stop signs etc don’t come into it.

Do the road rules mention if over power electric scooter like devices are counted as pedestrians?

churl churl 2:47 pm 04 Jul 11

niftydog said :

Glad I wasn’t trying to overtake her on my bike… actually, a well timed ‘ding’ might have sent her for a swim!

churl said :

Well I dont know about Segways, but if you’re turning into a road, you have to give way to ‘continuing’ pedestrians. (Try this at your own risk in Canberra, however.)

Holy misinformation, Batman! This only applies to T-intersections with no traffic lights, stop sign, stop line, give way sign or give way line. Not a lot of them around when you think about it.

Sounds like you’re one of our problem ‘might is right’ drivers. Have a look at the road rules:
If the driver is turning left or right … the driver must also give way to any pedestrian at or near the intersection who is crossing the road, or part of the road, the driver is entering.
Stop signs etc don’t come into it.

niftydog niftydog 2:13 pm 04 Jul 11

Glad I wasn’t trying to overtake her on my bike… actually, a well timed ‘ding’ might have sent her for a swim!

churl said :

Well I dont know about Segways, but if you’re turning into a road, you have to give way to ‘continuing’ pedestrians. (Try this at your own risk in Canberra, however.)

Holy misinformation, Batman! This only applies to T-intersections with no traffic lights, stop sign, stop line, give way sign or give way line. Not a lot of them around when you think about it.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 2:06 pm 04 Jul 11

Was walking the lake yesterday.

A few of these were promenading near the Carillon.

No energy was expended by the lazy sods.

KPH? Who can say, I\’d be running to keep up though?

Each to their own but I made my derision plain to see.

Rest assured, Canberra is not a place where the LA lifestyle is a natural fit.

Seems to me that embarrassment is not enough to prevent some people from looking stupid.

Now read the first letter of each line.

Henry82 Henry82 1:49 pm 04 Jul 11

Why havent these people been arrested already? Its only 600m from the AFP headquarters. We should be spending less time trying to find attackers, rapists, and commodore drivers, and more time finding illegal high-powered electric scooters.

churl churl 1:32 pm 04 Jul 11

helium said :

I nearly hit one guy who was riding ‘hands free’ and failed to give way (he saw me) as he crossed a road that I was turning into. BTW they are fun to ride but I’d rarther be on a bike

Well I dont know about Segways, but if you’re turning into a road, you have to give way to ‘continuing’ pedestrians. (Try this at your own risk in Canberra, however.)

helium helium 1:11 pm 04 Jul 11

They are only illegal because they have to much power to be classified as a ‘scooter’ 200 W max, and they have 1500 per wheel, also they go too fast, max 10 kph. Perhaps they could be legalised with the ‘slow’ key.

I nearly hit one guy who was riding ‘hands free’ and failed to give way (he saw me) as he crossed a road that I was turning into. BTW they are fun to ride but I’d rarther be on a bike

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