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CRD report opposes Segway use

Apr 18 2012

Just say "no way" to the Segway.

That's the upshot of a Capital Regional District parks department report, which calls for use of the two-wheeled, single-passenger Segway to be curtailed, at least for the time being. The report, to be considered today, recommends that a request by the company Segway Victoria to conduct tours on regional trails be turned down, and that general use of the electric-powered Segways on the trails not be allowed until changes are made to the Motor Vehicle Act.

Lloyd Rushton, general manager of CRD parks and community services, said the legislation means that Segway users would be breaking the law every time they crossed a road while on the trail.

The report to the CRD's regional parks committee suggests that Segway use be studied again when the management plan for regional trails is updated.

Current CRD regulations do not allow any motorized vehicles on trails, with the exception of motorized wheelchairs and electric bicycles as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act.

Segway Victoria's Corinne Besler said she and her husband approached the parks committee last fall with a suggestion that Segways be permitted on the region's trails and that tours be allowed.

Besler said Segway Victoria will carry out a pilot project in the Nanaimo area, with a test tour Saturday. There have also been talks with the City of Victoria, she said.

jwbell@timescolonist.com