Segway tours coming to Vail?
VAIL, Colorado “The owner of a local dog sledding company has plans for a new way to explore Vail ” by Segway.
The two-wheeled, electric “balancing scooters” would coast guests around town on the recreation paths, and if the town of Vail approves their use, they could make an appearance in Vail this summer.
The Segways are a safe, clean, enjoyable way to get around town, said William Glass, who is organizing the tours and also owns Mountain Mushers in Camp Hale.
In Colorado, Segways are allowed on streets with a speed limit of under 30 mph, and towns must give specific approval for their use on recreation paths. Vail’s current laws do not allow Segways.
Glass said he hopes a change to town codes will allow him to lead guided tours on the town’s rec paths. The machines go a top speed of 12 mph, are easy to operate and wouldn’t interfere with pedestrians and bikes, he said.
He called the Segway tours a natural fit for Vail because they are considered environmentally friendly, and are similar in feel to skiing.
“It’s amazing, it’s so much like skiing,” Glass said. “You lean forward to go, and it has a similar gliding feel.”
The machines are popular in some cities such as Chicago for downtown tours as well as a way for patrolling police to get around crowded public areas. In Colorado, Denver has Segway tours on the sidewalks of the 16th Street Mall and on the bike paths along the Platte River. Estes Park and Telluride also allow them on streets and on some trails.
The Town Council plans to discuss the possibility of Segway tours at its next work session.
Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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