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CRD committee says no way to Segways on trails

Apr 19 2012

Segways are still a no-go on regional trails and will remain so until the Motor Vehicle Act is changed.

The parks committee of the Capital Regional District approved a staff recommendation Wednesday that the two-wheeled, single-passenger, electric-powered machines not be allowed on the trails.

The Motor Vehicle Act prohibits Segways from being on the road, so every time they crossed a road on the Galloping Goose, for example, they would be breaking the law.

Saanich Coun. Leif Wergeland suggested the CRD ask the province to amend the Motor Vehicle Act to allow Segways, pointing out non-motorized vehicles such as bikes and electric-assist bikes are allowed on regional trails, and many go much faster than the 12 kilometres an hour the Segway can travel.

But Wergeland’s idea was voted down.

North Saanich Coun. Ted Daly said Segway riders don’t represent a significant number of commuters.

The company Segway Victoria had asked to conduct tours on regional trails. It plans to carry out a pilot project in the Nanaimo area.

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