The Herald reports Boston by Segway, which has racked up close to $200,000 in city fines over the past couple of years, has filed for bankruptcy protection. It lists the city as its largest creditor, due to the fines for having his tours operate on city sidewalks and in groups larger than allowed by a 2011 ordinance passed by the city council.
This is company owner Allan Danley's second attempt in two months to file for bankruptcy. Last month, he filed for personal, Chap. 13 bankruptcy and listed his largest single creditor as the city of Boston, again due to the fines. But US Bankruptcy Court Judge William Hillman dismissed Danley's request for failing to provide proof he had undergone credit counseling or had insurance on the vehicles he owned.
In March, the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a request by Danley's landlord to legally use what used to be a gas station as a Segway rental office. A couple months later, a Suffolk Superior Court judge denied his request to get the city to knock it off with the fines.