Boston by Segway has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to deal with increasing fines from the City of Boston. The company has repeatedly run afoul of a 2011 ordinance regulating Segway tours. Total fines owed have reached nearly $200,000. The bankruptcy filing shows over $300,000 in total debt on the business.
In June 2013, a Superior Court judge denied Boston by Segway’s attempt to void a 2011 City of Boston ordinance that regulates Segway tours in the city. The ordinance was championed by District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina in response to complaints about the safety issues related to Segways tours on sidewalks and some crowded or narrow streets.
In March 2013, the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals also denied a request to add Segway tours as an approved use at the former Mobil gas station property. Both NEWNC and NEWRA advised against the zoning modification. The city has set a year-end deadline for the company to vacate its current location at 420 Commercial Street.