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Simon on Segways [With poll]

By johnboy 5 March 2012 33

simon corbell and a segway

Attorney-General Simon Corbell is asking for your thoughts on people riding Segway scooters around town.

“Segways have proven to be a popular activity around Lake Burley Griffin, and the government has taken a detailed look at a range of situations where they could be used, like on or off roads,” Mr Corbell said.

“Segways operate in many great cities around the world where they are used for tourist, general transport and mobility reasons, and the ACT government is looking into the possibility of creating legislation that would allow segways to be more widely used in the ACT.”

A Segway is a self balancing, two wheeled vehicle that is currently illegal to use in the ACT other than on private property or in accordance with the Road Transport (General) (Segway Exemption) Determination 2011 (No. 2).

Mr Corbell said that special consideration had been given to the safety of those riding segways and also other road users in developing the discussion paper.

“Safety of all road users and pedestrians is paramount in this discussion, and community views from key stakeholders are welcomed as part of the consultation period,” Mr Corbell said.

A number of case studies, from around the world, have also been considered in the discussion paper, which give an important insight into some of the challenges and benefits that segways have presented in a practical sense already.”

JACS are hosting the discussion paper which has three options:

    1. Permit commercial Segway use only
    2. Permit individual Segway use only
    3. Permit both commercial and individual Segway use

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[Photo in which Simon is disappointing not on a Segway courtesy of his office]

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GardeningGirl 3:03 pm 10 Mar 12

Sandman said :

Watson said :

Why do 25 members (so far) want them banned completely?

Because the large portion of people who would be using them don’t have the appropriate skills and co-ordination to operate in a safe manner around other users. I’d like to be able to let go of my 2 year olds hand while walking around Garema place without fear of her getting squashed by a twatmobile. Easier to ban before everyone gets used to it rather than try to take them away later. (by the way, this is the opinion of someone who owns almost every kind of wheeled or motored vehicle. If they do legalize them I’ll buy one, even though I don’t think society as a whole is ready for them).

Sad but true. (Except I’d add it’s not just skills and coordination but attitude.) I haven’t voted yet. I like the idea, I wish it would work. But people will spoil it and then it’ll be a problem to get rid of.

Sandman 1:20 pm 10 Mar 12

Watson said :

Why do 25 members (so far) want them banned completely?

Because the large portion of people who would be using them don’t have the appropriate skills and co-ordination to operate in a safe manner around other users. I’d like to be able to let go of my 2 year olds hand while walking around Garema place without fear of her getting squashed by a twatmobile. Easier to ban before everyone gets used to it rather than try to take them away later. (by the way, this is the opinion of someone who owns almost every kind of wheeled or motored vehicle. If they do legalize them I’ll buy one, even though I don’t think society as a whole is ready for them).

jezeme 9:19 am 07 Mar 12

Dante said :

If electric scooters are acceptable to use on footpaths and roads for those WITHOUT disabilities, then Segways should be accessible to all without restrictions on their use.

I can’t think of any vehicle that is permitted both on the roads and footpaths. I’ve noticed 3 positives mentioned about Segways:
1) They’re good for tourists
2) They’re fun
3) People with disabilities use them

In response:
1) We should legislate for this city to be good for the people who live here first, then think of tourists. People cruising around everywhere on Segways will present a nuisance.
2) Lots of things are fun. Not all fun things should be legal everywhere.
3) People with certain disabilities can legally use mobility scooters on footpaths/bike paths. If Segways are more convenient for some people than mobility scooters I don’t see why they shouldn’t be allowed to use them, so long as they qualify. For everyone else, use your legs.

thy_dungeonman 12:00 pm 06 Mar 12

john87_no1 said :

There is no use spending money on bike path upkeep

They do that?

john87_no1 11:57 am 06 Mar 12

johnboy said :

You can already get a working bike for $40 at Tiny’s Green Shed. Frankly you’ll pay more for the hemet, lights, and lock.

Well you can’t really beat $40 for a bike I guess! But even that could be subsidised on a % basis. If we are going to pay a carbon tax then there should be green energy subsidies for bikes, segways ect.

Doing Civic mainies on Friday nights could be fun on a Segway…..

john87_no1 11:16 am 06 Mar 12

I think that the Govt should talk about subsidising not only Segways but also bikes for every tax payer. There is no use spending money on bike path upkeep if they are not being used to their full potential.

    johnboy 11:19 am 06 Mar 12

    You can already get a working bike for $40 at Tiny’s Green Shed. Frankly you’ll pay more for the hemet, lights, and lock.

Kerehona 9:47 am 06 Mar 12

While we’re at it why not also adopt a Paris-style bike hire.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/articles/2009/01/22/1232471476891.html

Dante 8:56 am 06 Mar 12

If electric scooters are acceptable to use on footpaths and roads for those WITHOUT disabilities, then Segways should be accessible to all without restrictions on their use.

Ben_Dover 7:50 am 06 Mar 12

Skidbladnir said :

Assuming someone can get the legalese correct, some variation on “Gyroscopic-balanced two-wheeled contraption which complies with Australian Safety Standards X, Y, Z” .

Or “twatmobile” for brevity’s sake?

Aeek 12:00 am 06 Mar 12

Henry82 said :

I also disagree with changing the rules for one business because they didn’t read the road rules ahead of time.

I understood this to be an NCA snafu; the ACT government came to the rescue with the exemption.

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