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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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Simon on Segways [With poll]
Northbourne Ultimatu 7:57 pm 05 Mar 12

Pork Hunt said :

What about bobcats? What’s their scientific name?

Bobcat species name is Lynx rufus.

I think that electric wheelchairs, bikes, skateboards, scooters, segways (and other self balancing transport machines) should all be legal with some sensible speed or power limit.

andym 7:54 pm 05 Mar 12

I just dont get these – whats wrong with your legs ya lazy bums.

Pork Hunt 6:41 pm 05 Mar 12

Skidbladnir said :

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

Um… I think the Segways are in fact only made by one company world wide.

Which is why enshrining a single supplier or manufacturer of device into law is a terrible idea. Not only for monopolistic reasons, but just in case Segway ever goes bankrupt or changes their name.

Assuming someone can get the legalese correct, some variation on “Gyroscopic-balanced two-wheeled contraption which complies with Australian Safety Standards X, Y, Z” would allow not only the Segway, but also the S-Walker and future competitors into the (presumably) lucrative “buzzing around Canberra’s lakes” market.

What about bobcats? What’s their scientific name?

thy_dungeonman 5:37 pm 05 Mar 12

There’s someone at the ANU who I always see riding a segway around and they have been using since way before this whole lake tour thing got the government’s attention, I wonder if they knew it was illegal (common sense wouldn’t lead you to think it was) or just didn’t care.

switch 5:10 pm 05 Mar 12

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

I don’t see why riding Segways is any different to riding pushbikes or Gophers on paths.

Yeah, but Segways look really dorky. Unlike pushbikes (recumbent bikes excepted).

Skidbladnir 4:59 pm 05 Mar 12

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

Um… I think the Segways are in fact only made by one company world wide.

Which is why enshrining a single supplier or manufacturer of device into law is a terrible idea. Not only for monopolistic reasons, but just in case Segway ever goes bankrupt or changes their name.

Assuming someone can get the legalese correct, some variation on “Gyroscopic-balanced two-wheeled contraption which complies with Australian Safety Standards X, Y, Z” would allow not only the Segway, but also the S-Walker and future competitors into the (presumably) lucrative “buzzing around Canberra’s lakes” market.

Rawhide Kid Part3 4:51 pm 05 Mar 12

I don’t see why riding Segways is any different to riding pushbikes or Gophers on paths. I do have a problem with being on the road though other than pedestrian crossings.

Henry82 4:47 pm 05 Mar 12

Shouldn’t be limited to a manufacturer. We should either allow all electric devices, or ban them all.

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

Rawhide Kid Part3 4:46 pm 05 Mar 12

p1 said :

Just so long as the rules are written in such a way that I am not required to purchase a machine produced by one specific manufacturer…

Um… I think the Segways are in fact only made by one company world wide.

ghughes 4:07 pm 05 Mar 12

This government ‘consults’ on the most inane stuff.
Surely the Govt could make a decision on this.

dungfungus 4:01 pm 05 Mar 12

I would be interested in getting one of these contraptions but only if they can be fitted with a bull bar, tow bar and a gun rack.

daddy 3:34 pm 05 Mar 12

Only if they are registered and riders are not allowed to wear spandex

Diggety 3:23 pm 05 Mar 12

How about we ban politicians hell bent on banning things?

Then we’d have no politicians left! 🙂

p1 3:20 pm 05 Mar 12

Just so long as the rules are written in such a way that I am not required to purchase a machine produced by one specific manufacturer…

cegee 2:58 pm 05 Mar 12

having people ride these around wouldn’t bother me at all.

i recently had a friend visit me from overseas and we did the segway tour and i don’t think i’ve laughed so hard in ages. it’s actually so much fun… even if you look like a smug d***head. everyone riding a segway looks like they’re powering the vehicle with their own sense of self-satisfaction which is sort of what makes it so hilarious. definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a laugh or something to do with an out-of-towner.

so yeah… they’re super easy to use and don’t go all that fast so i don’t see why they should be banned, really.

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