The Washington Examiner ran a story today by Michael Neibauer noting that disabled persons may now ride their segways on city sidewalks inside the Central Business District. We agree with the DC Counsel on that and we’re glad they made the change.
What was striking to us about this article was the fact that segways are illegal in the Central Business District (most of downtown DC) and that riders have been warned off. Individual owners/riders of segways have never been a problem for us, perhaps because there are so few of them. But the segway tour companies have ruled the downtown sidewalks since inception. While we have seen the segway tour groups in the streets on occasion (does the crosswalk count?) the majority of the time we see them riding up and down the sidewalks. We’ve definitely never seen the entire tour being conducted on the streets as the manager of one segway tour company claims in Neibauer’s article.
Has there been a change recently that we’re not aware of in the behavior of the segway tour companies? With the end of summer we’ve seen fewer tours going on; is that due to the reduced tourist population or are the routes now completely different to keep the tours on the city streets?