The Herald covers the City Council hearing on potential legislation that would prevent Segways from using the sidewalks and instead have them use the streets, similar to bicycles.
“It’s not that I want to ban them like other cities have, but Boston is a walkable city. It’s ranked as one of the top walkable cities in America. It’s a city with narrow sidewalks and roadways,” City Councilor Sal LaMattina. “Frankly,” testified Transportation Commissioner Thomas Tinlin, “sidewalks are for pedestrians.” “People feel very threatened. There have been children and seniors who have complained about feeling forced off the pathways,” said Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak.
Boston Gliders co-founder Allan Danley — who says he operates the city’s lone Segway tour company, with 40 North End machines — charges the regulations would kill his business, which has boomed 1,000 percent since 2008. “If I was a tourist coming to the city, I would definitely not get on a Segway and be out in the middle of the street,” protested Danley.
Segways in the North End: The above clip shows the Boston Gliders location that recently opened on the corner of Commercial and Hanover Streets in the North End.