Segway Runs Into Opposition At City Hall

The Segway Human Transporter, the much-hyped, high-tech scooter billed as the future of transportation runs into opposition in San Francisco.

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November 20, 2002, 11:00 AM PST

By Abhijeet Chavan @

"Groups devoted to the interests of senior citizens and the disabled in this high-tech city...think letting the new vehicles on the sidewalk will wind up hurting people who can't easily move out of the way, and they're lobbying City Hall to keep the Segway on the street along with most other motorized vehicles....The flare-up in San Francisco is one of the last remaining battles over the Segway in the United States, where the company's lobbying sweep may well go down as the most successful legislative blitzkrieg ever mounted by a technology company. During the past year or so, the company has won exemptions to sidewalk safety rules in about 30 states, with more expected to go along before the first consumer models ship to customers in March."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Tuesday, November 19, 2002 in CNET News

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