Vail may let Segways on rec paths
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – With a summer-long pilot program set to expire at the end of the month, the Vail Town Council is being asked to determine if Segways should be allowed on portions of the town’s bike paths in the future.
The discussion will take place during the council’s Tuesday meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. The item is listed fourth on the agenda and public comment is encouraged.
The experimental program began June 16 after hearing from a businessman who was seeking approvals to provide guided tours in Vail. Statewide, the devices are prohibited on sidewalks, bike paths and recreation paths, unless they are expressly permitted in those areas by local regulation.
To date, the town has licensed one business, Sage Outdoor Adventures, to operate Segway tours in Vail. There has been one documented accident involving a Segway rider since the pilot program began. The town staff is recommending allowing Segways at least until Sept. 30, 2010.
Public comments may be forwarded in advance of the meeting by e-mailing the Vail Town Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 970-479-1860, ext. 8.