The History of Segway

The History of Segway

One of the many experiences we offer are Segway riding days. Although segways are an interesting and unusual sight bumbling along, you might not know too much about them. Here’s the low down on Segway.

What are segways?

Segways are electric transportation devices that have wheels, mudguards, a stand and a steering handle. Confimed as ‘motorised vehicles’ by law, they are made using gyroscopic technology, with speeds of 12mph and a decent max weight linit of about 180lbs. The Segway works on what they call LeanSteer™ Technology, which means the segway can be used like gears and brakes, whereby leaning on the handlebars increases the spead, leaning back decreases it and moving side to side can help move it. It has a design based on ‘five micro-machined angular rate sensors and two accelerometers that sense the changing terrain and your body position at 100 times per second.’ According to segway, which moves in a way that feels natural to us. Invented in 2001, Dean Kamen announced the arrival of the segways as ‘the first self-balancing, zero emissions personal transportation vehicle:’.

Why were segways designed?

The segway was designed to run off a charge, meaning zero carbon emissions that could work on pavements. Although this is legal in America, home of the segway…In Britain, things are a little less straight forward for Segway user.

So are segways legal to ride on the road?

Sadly it was ruled in early 2011 that in Britain the segways are not to be ridden on public roads or pavements, due to the Highways Act 1835 ( a year when segways probably weren’t a viable dream, never mind a consideration fit for law.) This means private land based segway use is the only option right now. You can always zip off to America or visit some of our European friends to enjoy them, but until then, a day out on a segway is the best way to get to grips with them.

Where can I ride a segway?

You can ride segways across the UK in big parks and woodland trails, perfect for those chunky tyres. At present we have segway rides at: Atherstone, Warwickshire East Grinstead Helston Cornwall, South Mims, Hertfordshire Hexham, Northumberland Macclesfield and Seighford, both in Staffordshire, so hopefully there’s a segway near you!

Have you been on a segway? What was your experience like?