Citizen complaint of the day: Drag-racing Segways on Long Wharf

A concerned citizen reports from our newest Segway racetrack:

On Sunday afternoon, approximately 5:00 to 5:30 PM, a Segway tour group was at the end of Long Wharf. While there, the tourists were encouraged to ride around the area in random circles, often chasing each other about. Toward the end, the guide encouraged the tourists to race each other, even stating "On your mark, get set, go". A few moments after the race started, one of the tourists went head over heels over his Segway, landing on the pavement. While he appeared uninjured, he did require a few minutes to gather himself. Why are the Segway tour operators allowed to use Long Wharf as a race course, especially since that area is also a magnet for many pedestrians. This seems to go well beyond giving a tour of the area and is a hazard to others using the area.

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Don't be a Blart

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These aren't tours, they are thrill rides (for those who think Blart-level speed is a thrill), and shouldn't be allowed on our sidewalks and parks. They should drive in the street with other motorized vehicles or be used at private theme parks.

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Explain "Blart" Is it like

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Explain "Blart"
Is it like Shart?
if so it may be one of my new favorite words.

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Paul Blart Mall Cop

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The movie with the King of Queens guy riding the Segway through the mall.

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Part of me thinks the person

Part of me thinks the person is way too overworked but on the other hand the segway tours seem like the dumbest thing going. Those and trolley tours are just lazy and encourage obesity and clog up the roads. People should actually walk the Freedom Trail as intended.

Peterborough
http://www.bostontipster.com

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Segways Illegal at Long Wharf

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Segways are illegal at Long Wharf, but are there dozens of times a day. They zoom around Harbor Towers, the Aquarium, Rowes Wharf, etc. I live down there and I never see any enforcement. Last weekend I counted 22 of them zooming around Long Wharf park at the same time. There is only one company offering these ridiculous tours (I think the tour is now called Boston by Segway instead of Boston Gliders, changed name because of all the bad publicity) & they have so many unpaid violations their plan seems to be to disregard all aspects of the ordinance to make as much money as they can before they're shut down. They don't just break the law by operating in pedestrian areas, but now routinely have small children on these tours, which is both illegal and unsafe. The law says that kids are supposed to be 14 years old and 100 lbs, but there are kids on these things that couldn't be more than 8 or 9 years old wobbling down the street on Segways every day. What happened to the court date this company had?

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Perhaps the Segway drag racers have "their papers"

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Maybe the Segways were being raced by properly documented disabled folks. You know, the protected class that the City Council and Mayor deemed safe to operate Segways on the sidewalk, unlike the able-bodied folks who are apparently too dangerous. 1984?

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Documents Not Required

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You don't have to have papers proving a disability to use a mobility aid.

You have been told this.

Then again, as a cop, you get to make up the laws whenever you want, right? Just as you did as a teenage high school bully. Perks!

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Of all the so-called revolutionary inventions of the past half c

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the segway gets the top spot for retarded. I know nothing about how it was financed and if the company is profitable, but WTF were they thinking?

And yes, they should be immediately banned from sidewalks and parks.

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