Event Notices

North End Segway Tour Operator Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection; Faces Year-End Deadline to Move

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, Read More…

Business Transportation

Superior Court Supports City’s Segway Tour Ordinance; “Boston by Segway” May Close and File for Bankruptcy

A Superior Court judge denied a preliminary injunction requested by Boston by Segway (BBS) against a 2011 City of Boston ordinance that regulates Segway tours in the city. The ordinance was championed by District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) in response to complaints about the safety issues related to Segways Read More…

Business Real Estate

Globe: Segway Tour Operator Will Keep Fighting

An update on the disputes surrounding the Segway tour company at 420 Commercial St., Boston by Segway (formerly Boston Gliders), is featured in the March 18th Boston Globe. After numerous fines and violations of the city ordinance with back and forth lawsuits, the company voes to keep fighting: The company’s defiant frontman Allan Danley said Read More…

Real Estate

Neighborhood Council Unanimously Opposes Segway Zoning at 420 Commercial Street [Video]

Batting 0-2 with the neighborhood groups, the property owner at 420 Commercial Street did not receive the support of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) to add Segway rentals / tours as part of his zoning use. Owned by Frances Lauria, the current zoning use at the location of the former Mobil site Read More…

Real Estate

Segway Zoning Use at 420 Commercial Street Opposed by Residents’ Association [Video]

A requested zoning appeal for Segway rentals and tours at 420 Commercial St. did not receive support by the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association in a vote of 7-22 against the proposal. The corner site at Hanover & Commercial Streets was formerly a Mobil station. It is owned by Frances Lauria and currently leased Read More…

Business Food & Drink Real Estate

Preview: Several North End Restaurants and Businesses Make New License and Zoning Requests for Early 2013

January 2013 will be a busy month in the North End for the two citizen groups, NEWNC (Neighborhood Council) and NEWRA (Residents’ Association). Both organizations advise city officials on new business applications including alcohol licenses and zoning issues. A host of restaurants, cafes and businesses are lined up for new openings, re-openings, alcohol license transfers Read More…

Business Police & Fire

North End Segway Tour Business Files Legal Motion Against City of Boston Ordinance

Segway tour company, Orlando Gliders (also known as Boston Gliders) has filed a “Motion to Dismiss and Memorandum of Law” taking aim at the 2011 City of Boston ordinance regulating the use of personal assistive mobility devices and associated violations the company received primarily for operating on the Harborwalk. Boston by Segway operates at 420 Read More…

Business Police & Fire Transportation

Segway Tour Company, Boston Gliders, Has Lawsuit Dismissed Against City of Boston by Federal Judge

After the Boston City Council passed an ordinance in June 2011 regulating the use of Segways, the North End-based tour company, Boston Gliders sued the city in U.S. District Court arguing the ordinance was unlawfully damaging its business. Specifically, the ordinance restricted Segway use on public ways, sidewalks, parks and bicycle paths. Tour operators can Read More…

Business

NEWS, North End Welcome Station, 75 Commercial St., To Promote Local Businesses

The North End Welcome Station, NEWS, recently shared some information about their pending operations at 75 Commercial Street. According to Joe Ingram, VP Marketing, NEWS is a separate entity from Boston Gliders that has moved its Segway tours to the corner of Hanover & Commercial Streets. Regarding the “Coming Soon” signs in the window, he Read More…

Police & Fire Transportation

Municipal Court To Hear About Alleged Violations By Boston Gliders Segway Tours

Post hearing update: The judge added more “Segway on sidewalks” violations, 21 total (up from 6) with an additional 70-90 alleged violations to be heard … continued until 2/24/12. From the DA’s office after December 6, 2011 court appearance: BMC Judge Raymond Dougan, Jr., continued the DANLEY arraignment to Feb. 24 over prosecutors’ objections.  Danley Read More…

Community Police & Fire Transportation

Citizen Complaints Continue Regarding Segway Tours in Parks and Along Harborwalk

It’s December, but the Segway tours roll on as does the stream of complaints filed in Boston’s Citizens Connect reporting system. This weekend, someone captured the photo below of a Segway tour traveling along the Harborwalk and Christopher Columbus Park. (View report.) The newly installed bicycle lanes have helped encourage the tours to use the Read More…

Business Police & Fire Transportation

Segway Tours Start Receiving Tickets for Violations

  The grace period is apparently over for Segway tours violating Boston’s ordinance passed by the City Council and signed by the Mayor last June. A neighbor cites a ticket being given out and sends in these photos in what appears to be transportation department officer (white car & badge around neck) stopping a Boston Read More…