Hey, we’re heading out later this year to Europe and I found out you could hire a Segway for personal transport and tourism in some European cities.
The idea came while going through Trip Advisor, a great source for trip planning. It occurred to me that we could use a Segway, a cool technology, to get around and see a lot more.
After thinking “this is a cool idea” I checked out the local Segway Tours in Canberra, rang them and made a booking.
Here’s a little video I put together from my Segway Cam!
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First Impressions: We had a small tutorial and after five minutes you get an idea of how they work:
- You step up on the Segway, gently lean forward and it moves forward.
- Lean back and it slows down or comes to a stop.
- Turn the handle left or right, and it turns in that direction; and that’s it.
The instructors at Seg Glide ride at Canberra said they can go a couple of hours on a charge.
When you’re riding along you certainly get a few looks. A Segway certainly has a certain Wow factor to onlookers.
After the ride, I found the soles of my feet sore, obviously they need more exercise :-).
Afterwards, a cup of coffee at Questacon and a debrief with our friends.
Think about the personal transport possibilities if you live in near to your work?
Here’s a couple of ads to show you what they cost.
Based on the prices above, consider the travel time, the cost of ownership, the parking.
I reckon its got a lot of possibilities in the future. What do you think? Would love to hear your comments.
Now I’m looking forward to using one on our European trip.