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Segway sighted!

By johnboy 22 January 2009 53

I saw this old fellow roaring around O’Connor footpaths this afternoon.

It’s only the second Segway I’ve seen in Australia.

In NSW it’s illegal on “both roads and footpaths”.

Any thoughts on its legality here in Canberra dear reader?

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LSWCHP 10:08 pm 11 Aug 11

I took my wife and kids down to the Segway hire place near the National Library about 2 months ago, and zoomed back and forth along the lake foreshore for half an hour. It was an absolute blast, and I hope they’re back in operation shortly.

Segways look like magic to the uninitiated, but they’re just an implementation of a solution to the inverted pendulum problem, which is a classic scenario in control system engineering. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverted_pendulum has a good explanation of the problem, with some of the background math. It’s interesting stuff, and worth a read.

And there’s an engineer in the states named Trevor Blackwell (http://tlb.org/scooter.html) who built a home brew transporter out of stuff you can buy at Bunnings and Dick Smith for about a thousand dollars. That sounds pretty clever, but what I really admire is his self balancing unicycle, built using the same principles. Now that’s cool.

suemaree 10:07 pm 11 Aug 11

Hi I have seen these for hire near the National Gallery on the lake foreshore

onlytt600 8:32 pm 11 Aug 11

Closed down by the fun police.

The fun police were on 666am this afternoon. Apparently under current laws the rider isn’t insured, so would end up completely liable if they crash into someone. The guy on the radio claimed to be sympathetic and working towards a solution that would allow them to get back operating.

There is a petition to keep them at the coffee stand under the Commonwealth flags by LBG, I think the other stall is where they are hired from.

Jethro 6:12 pm 11 Aug 11

shadow boxer said :

tristan8181 said :

I have been on a segway tour of San Francisco and it was great. Last weekend I was driving along and I seen a group of 5 or 6 segway riders on what looked like a tour of Canberra. They were down near the lake cutting through the park called Flynn place. I’ve got friends coming to visit in a couple of weeks so I immediately started searching for segway tours of Canberra in google. I found this website which clearly says Segway Tour Lake Canberra Adventures but then doesn’t have any further details.

http://www.justforfun.com.au/Adventures-segway-tour-lake-canberra

Can anyone else provide any info for me?

Closed down by the fun police.

The fun police were on 666am this afternoon. Apparently under current laws the rider isn’t insured, so would end up completely liable if they crash into someone. The guy on the radio claimed to be sympathetic and working towards a solution that would allow them to get back operating.

what_the 4:01 pm 11 Aug 11

Anything above 200Watts is subject to ADRs, hence the reasons lights, indicators etc. It was to stop any petrol scooters and high powered electric scooters. Apparently everyone else in the world is capable of handling Segways, but not the land of rules and regulations.

Deref 3:49 pm 11 Aug 11

Just came back from Europe and North America – they’re pretty common in both places, though mainly for “Segway tours” and that kind of thing.

shadow boxer 3:30 pm 11 Aug 11

tristan8181 said :

I have been on a segway tour of San Francisco and it was great. Last weekend I was driving along and I seen a group of 5 or 6 segway riders on what looked like a tour of Canberra. They were down near the lake cutting through the park called Flynn place. I’ve got friends coming to visit in a couple of weeks so I immediately started searching for segway tours of Canberra in google. I found this website which clearly says Segway Tour Lake Canberra Adventures but then doesn’t have any further details.

http://www.justforfun.com.au/Adventures-segway-tour-lake-canberra

Can anyone else provide any info for me?

Closed down by the fun police.

ABC129 3:25 pm 11 Aug 11

Managed to find this which at least gives you a phone number: http://www.diplomathotel.com.au/segway-hire-,news_viewItem_43-en.html

“Segway hire is new to Canberra and close to the Diplomat Hotel. Ride around the cycle paths on beautiful Lake Burley Griffin 7-days a week. To book call Charlie or Di Orr on 0406 379 518.”

tristan8181 3:15 pm 11 Aug 11

I have been on a segway tour of San Francisco and it was great. Last weekend I was driving along and I seen a group of 5 or 6 segway riders on what looked like a tour of Canberra. They were down near the lake cutting through the park called Flynn place. I’ve got friends coming to visit in a couple of weeks so I immediately started searching for segway tours of Canberra in google. I found this website which clearly says Segway Tour Lake Canberra Adventures but then doesn’t have any further details.

http://www.justforfun.com.au/Adventures-segway-tour-lake-canberra

Can anyone else provide any info for me?

p1 11:52 pm 25 Jan 09

I’m guessing if it does 20kmph it runs at over 200W.

Granny 10:51 pm 25 Jan 09

There was a guy riding a Segway in Questacon today.

dvaey 7:32 pm 24 Jan 09

speers said :

I think segways have a more powerful motor than 2cc

(From Vehicle Regulations 2000 s20)
Note Under the definition in the Australian Road Rules a bicycle does not include any vehicle with an auxiliary motor capable of generating a power output over 200W.

I wonder if this means if your segway runs at less than 200W, that you evade the requirement?

Beserk Keyboard Warrior 4:50 pm 23 Jan 09

It’s completely irrational but I can’t help but feel like anyone who rides one of dem things is a kiddy fiddler.

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