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Segways to roll by Lake Burley Griffin

By johnboy - 19 September 2011 34

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Simon Corbell has announced he’s granting a special exemption to make the shores of Lake Burley Griffin a Segway mecca.

“Following the recent establishment of a Segway hire business, and its subsequent closure last month, I requested a review of Segway use in the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.

“As a thorough review will take some time to complete, I have granted a limited exemption from the road transport legislation to enable Segways to be used as long as certain conditions are met.”

Mr Corbell said he was pleased to be in a position to grant an exemption for the use of Segways in Lake Burley Griffin, coinciding with high visitor numbers to the area for Floriade over the coming month.

A number of business operators have approached the ACT Government in relation to the operation of Segway hire businesses in the ACT.

“The main consideration in allowing Segways to operate in the ACT relates to the safety of Canberrans and visitors. These operators obviously must have appropriate insurance coverage and take every step necessary to ensure that pedestrians, as well as people who use Segways, remain safe,” Mr Corbell said.

The exemption started on Saturday 17th September and will remain in place until 30 June 2012. The exemption will not be extended if the review of Segway use concludes that its use should not be continued.

While we’re granting exemptions why not let electric bicycles join the rest of the world with the power limit lifted?

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Segways to roll by Lake Burley Griffin
DrKennethNoisewater 1:56 pm 19 Sep 11

what_the said :

milkman said :

Henry82 said :

Common sense?

How is it fair that one ‘company’ is allowed an exception to the law, but someone caught riding a homemade version will probably lose their drivers license?

Relax komrade, it’s gunna be ok…

He’s got a point. The laws were brought in to stop electric scooters coming into the country, hence the 200kw limit which Segways get caught up in also. So why is it suddenly ok to use a segway but not a majority of electric scooters around the lake? There will definitely be a few importers that will be peeved.
Another question this raises, if they can exempt the rules for scooters, why cant they exempt the helmet laws which are stuffing up the bike schemes in Melbourne and Sydney?

Another question – how long until some muppet steers a Segway into the lake!!!

I can see why they are illegal… 200kw – the power to weight ratio would be mental!

Unless of course, you had some slick glasses and some fat tyres for your Segway, like the gentleman in red jumper.

I still don’t know how he rides with his hands in his pockets. Perhaps he is the Chuck Norris of the Segway riding community?

Henry82 12:38 pm 19 Sep 11

1967 said :

Homemade?
Where can I get the plans for that?

This is a good start for understanding whats required. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKHPN9RIKxg
There are a lot of designs here: http://hackaday.com/?s=segway

And as usual, google is your friend.

Postalgeek 12:26 pm 19 Sep 11

p1 said :

If I start a business selling heroin, only to find out later that it is illegal, do you think Simon will give me an exemption?

Good point, and it raises the spectre of a rise in diluted Segways hitting the footpaths as people try to maximise their profits, cutting the Segways with Hubos and wheelbarrows and shopping carts. Then some poor unsuspecting fool used to the crap will think they can handle pure Segway and have a trip straight into Lake Burly Griffin.

1967 12:22 pm 19 Sep 11

Henry82 said :

Common sense?

How is it fair that one ‘company’ is allowed an exception to the law, but someone caught riding a homemade version will probably lose their drivers license?

Homemade?

Where can I get the plans for that?

what_the 12:10 pm 19 Sep 11

milkman said :

Henry82 said :

Common sense?

How is it fair that one ‘company’ is allowed an exception to the law, but someone caught riding a homemade version will probably lose their drivers license?

Relax komrade, it’s gunna be ok…

He’s got a point. The laws were brought in to stop electric scooters coming into the country, hence the 200kw limit which Segways get caught up in also. So why is it suddenly ok to use a segway but not a majority of electric scooters around the lake? There will definitely be a few importers that will be peeved.
Another question this raises, if they can exempt the rules for scooters, why cant they exempt the helmet laws which are stuffing up the bike schemes in Melbourne and Sydney?

Another question – how long until some muppet steers a Segway into the lake!!!

p1 12:00 pm 19 Sep 11

If I start a business selling heroin, only to find out later that it is illegal, do you think Simon will give me an exemption?

p1 11:55 am 19 Sep 11

Mr Corbell said he was pleased to be in a position to grant an exemption for the use of Segways in Lake Burley Griffin, coinciding with high visitor numbers to the area for Floriade over the coming month.

In Lake Burley Griffin? But won’t they sink?

Keijidosha 11:55 am 19 Sep 11

Kath said :

Perhaps this is a step towards legalising the use of Segways, once it’s obvious that they haven’t lead to carnage around the lake?

It will only take one numpty to topple into the lake before the fun police bring their hammer down.

Joker 11:46 am 19 Sep 11

Does this mean that the 200w limit on electic bicycles may be lifted to say 1kw at the minister discretion?

Kath 11:36 am 19 Sep 11

Perhaps this is a step towards legalising the use of Segways, once it’s obvious that they haven’t lead to carnage around the lake?

milkman 11:35 am 19 Sep 11

Henry82 said :

Common sense?

How is it fair that one ‘company’ is allowed an exception to the law, but someone caught riding a homemade version will probably lose their drivers license?

Relax komrade, it’s gunna be ok…

DUB 11:13 am 19 Sep 11

Bet Simon is asking for a share of profits.Pretty common. 🙂 Are you, Simon?

alaninoz 11:13 am 19 Sep 11

AG Canberra said :

Common sense…a novel approach by the ACT Government.

Stupid – making an exemption to benefit one hire company. The only justification is to paper over the bureaucratic stuff-up that allowed the operator to open in the first place.

Henry82 10:59 am 19 Sep 11

Common sense?

How is it fair that one ‘company’ is allowed an exception to the law, but someone caught riding a homemade version will probably lose their drivers license?

AG Canberra 10:43 am 19 Sep 11

Common sense…a novel approach by the ACT Government.

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