Can you ride a Segway scooter on the sidewalks of San Francisco?
No, you cannot as it’s agin the Law.
So like you’ll regularly see a couple dozen in the field with only a few left at the Music Concourse.
This is new on me – I was used to seeing only six or eight tourists on this things at any given time.
See ’em? Two teams, two leaders:
Them Segways themselves, well they represent failure, but Segway rentals in GGP in 2013, well that represents success, looks like.
I’ll tell you, some of the people from the (former?) Ultra Motors company or whatever just hate my guts ’cause I don’t put on my old high school cheerleading uniform (it still fits! can you believe it?) and wave my pom-poms for the overweight, overexpensive, overstyled A2B electric bike-scooter things being made the past half-decade.
I think they had an HQ office in San Francisco once.
Anyway, these days you can buy an A2B on craigslist for like $1000-something and there is a subculture of users out there.
(Somebody should interview these people about the pros and cons of commuting on an overly-expensive, high maintenance A2B…)
Like this guy, I see him on McAllister a lot:
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Now that personal transporter contraption from Segway was supposed to create a transportation revolution or something, but it didn’t. There are still a handful of people around town who use them, or fantasize about using them to get to work ‘n stuff.
IMO, the Segway people would be better off using an A2B bike for commuting.
Check out the huge tires, the better for off-roading you at 12 MPH, my dear:
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This kind of thing might be legal in some parts of the world, but not in the 415.
You’re too young to remember but the Segway Personal Transporter was supposed to have “changed the world” by now.
Let’s close with an action-packed 90-second clip of classic Segway accidents. I still feel sorry for the face-planting mall Mom who just wanted to have fun with her friends.
Sunday Streets Great Highway 2011 II on July 10 worked out all right, with generally sunny skies in the east and generally cloudy skies in the west.
Although some, like The Tender found today’s event in the West Bay sad:
“Sunday Streets at Golden Gate Park & the Great Highway was a bit sad – foggy, windy, not many people… Also: http://t.co/aCWQhit“
Didn’t seem like a whole bunch of people this go around, but oh well.
Dancing – Lindy in the Park:
David #1, Chiu to be precise – he’s running for Mayor or something. (D.C. won the Mayoral race today, Sundays Streetswise. Saw some people from the Dennis Herrera and John Avalos campaigns as well.) That’s famous Public Bikes Founder Dan Nguyen-Tan‘s famous orange Funcycle in there – it seats seven:
And Dude #2, piloting the Famous 415 Quadricycle:
AT&T sent its youngest employees to hand out shopping bags. They were gathering pro-utility box petitions for U-Verse / LightSpeed, I think:
But life went on in the West Bay regardless. So the Beach Chalet was serving a full house:
And the surfers were surfing. “00:43:17 Look at that. Breaks both ways. Watch. Watch. 00:43:20 Look! Good six-
And the Segwayers were Segwaying:
But if you can pony up the dough, you can experience a 4 MPH thrill ride through Golden Gate Park some time.
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NB: The mandatory training course takes 45 minutes.
(Turns out that the second book from famous pilot Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III won’t be about poetry, contrary to rumours.)
Anyway, as you’ll soon see, he is the 415’s #1 Segway Proclaimer.
Here he is on the mean Streets of San Francisco. He’s all over town on this thing. He’s become an icon:
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Anyway, he’s making it work for him as a daily driver, as a substitute for a car or bike.
Read all about it, after the jump
Dude’s all over town, day and night. He’s got a bike lock and bike lights and he uses his Segway for everything, ranging all over the Ci-tay – Western Addition, the Tenderloin, you name it.
Bumped into him at a DCCC meeting on Golden Gate one time, the one where people were all upset about the rankings of the official Democratic Party endorsements. (Turned out the rankings didn’t matter, but Malia Cohen’s #2 endorsement that night, along with a few other things, is what made her your new District Ten Supe. Anyway…)
Truly, he is the 415’s new Segway Champion of San Francisco:
Now, ponytailed lawyer guy (at least he looks like a lawyer to me) is still Segway Master of Market, so that should be some consolation. Look for him betwixt the Castro and the Financh:
Who will become the next Segway King (or Queen)?