The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. The name Segway is derived from the word segue, meaning smooth transition. PT is an abbreviation for personal transporter.
Computers, sensors, and electric motors in the base of the Segway PT keep the device upright when powered on with balancing enabled. The rider commands the PT to go forward or backward by shifting their weight forward or backward on the platform. The PT uses gyroscopic sensors and accelerometer-based leveling sensors to detect the resulting changes in its pitch angle and, to maintain balance, it drives its wheels forward or backward as needed to return its pitch to upright. In the process, the rider establishes and then maintains a desired speed by modulating the extent and duration of their fore/aft weight shifts. To turn and steer, the rider shifts the handlebar to the left or right. The PT responds by adjusting the speeds of the wheels in opposite directions causing the PT to yaw and, if not traveling forward or backward, turn in place. At speed, the amount of shift of the handlebar corresponds to the amount of left or right lean required by the rider to balance themselves on the platform during a turn.
Segway PTs can reach a speed of 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h).
How old do you have to be?
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult in the group and all riders must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 80 pounds. Call us for details about riders under 16 years old.
How many people are in a tour group?
We can take up to six riders at a time.
What if it rains?
We do not tour during rainstorms. But, a light summer sprinkle is not a problem and we will tour. We will always do what is necessary to accommodate your needs.
What if I don’t want to take a ‘tour”?
Understandable. We get that not everybody wants to hear us talk forever. We tailor our private tour to our guests wants and needs. If you want to hear all of the interesting facts about our area and some of it’s history, we got ‘em. If you just want to ride around on an amazingly fun machine and see cool stuff, well, that’s what we like, too. Just let us know how you would like to proceed. Just like you, we want to make sure that everybody has fun.
How do I use a Segway Personal Transporter?
When you step on a Segway PT, you will realize that it is balancing for you. It moves in response to your movements. To move forward, just lean slightly forward. To move backward, lean slightly backward. To turn left or right, simply move the Segway PT steering grip left or right. You will feel a sense of power and speed, but you will also maintain a feeling of safety and control. The Segway PT technology will keep you upright during any movement.
Preparing for your tour.
We want you to enjoy your “Segway Glide”. To that end we recommend that you wear comfortable supportive foot wear, no flip-flops please. If you have your own helmet, feel free to bring it along. We do have plenty to go around. St Augustine is a beautiful town with lots of trees, but it’s still hot during the Summer months and chilly in the Winter. Wear the appropriate clothing for the season. As we “Glide” on the Segway PT, the movement will create a breeze. We always recommend hydration. Every Segway PT is equipped with a bag for your gear. Most of all we want you to have fun. So we will “Glide” for miles and bring out your smiles! Feel free to contact us with any questions.
What is a Segway?
The Segway Personal Transporter (PT) is a one of a kind self-balancing device designed to go anywhere people go. Easy to use and operate. Segway PT’s operate along pedestrian pathways and walkways and do not require you to possess a license to ride one. Segway PTs are not allowed on streets or highways as they do not meet the minimum standard requirements of street or highway regulations. They are safe and fun devices. Riding a Segway PT is the best way to get around town and see sites of interest.
How safe is it to ride a Segway PT?
Segway PT’s are very safe to ride because of the high-technology that they have. Your thorough training, which you receive from experienced and certified tour guides, is enough to make you experts too and that makes you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about this unique device.
What should I bring with me?
You should bring a camera and a small bottle of water. Other suggestions are sunscreen and a lightweight pair of sunglasses. During the cooler seasons it’s important to wear extra layer of clothing and consider bringing gloves and a scarf. If it looks like rain, plastic ponchos are available.
Are there any weight restrictions?
In order to assure a riders’ safety, there is a minimum weight requirement of 80 pounds. The maximum recommended weight limit as specified by the manufacturer is 280 pounds. In order to ride, your weight should fall somewhere within this range. Tour is not suitable for pregnant women.
Segway PT Safety Tips
When used correctly, Segway PT’s present a clean, safe, and enjoyable means for getting around, and keeping safe is really about using your common sense and keeping an eye out for potential hazards.
Learn how to operate the Segway before attempting to use it alone:
It is strongly advised that you seek instruction from someone who is qualified and experienced in operating Segway PT’s.
Practice with people who know Segway PT’s before heading off on your own.
At the very least, have a spotter when you first climb on and practice
Wear appropriate clothing: At a minimum, wear long pants, hard soled shoes and a safety helmet.
If you’re using the Segway at night, wear a high visibility jacket so that people can see you easily. If riding at night, always add lights so that you can see and be seen.
Keep a firm hold on the Segway at all times:
Always have both feet firmly aboard, and both hands holding the handlebar. Don’t try carrying anything in one hand and maneuvering with only one hand. Use a backpack or a cargo holder if you need to carry stuff.
Avoid abrupt maneuvers when riding a Segway:
Although the Segway is able to sense your movement and aims to rebalance you, this mechanism may not be able to rectify your balance if you move too abruptly forward or backward.
Don’t turn a Segway too fast. Fast turns can cause you to lose control; always lean into a turn and take it slowly.
Don’t stop or start a Segway too fast.
Don’t ride backward. This ability is meant only for maneuvering out of a tight spot or turning around, not for travel.
The Segway will warn you if you’re going too fast, using a “Speed Limiter”; it pushes the handlebar back as a way of slowing you down. Heed this and stop leaning forward.
Heed the Stick Shake Warning. This warning is set off when you ride too fast backward or you push the Segway beyond its limits, such as going over rough terrain, down a slope, or speeding up or slowing down too rapidly ---Slow down.
If it doesn’t stop after slowing down, stop and get off as it could be telling you that your battery packs are low or that there are maintenance issues with the Segway.
Outdoors, aim to keep to a fast walking pace, again giving way to pedestrians and being very careful when going around corners.
Keep to solid, even ground:
Segways are not designed for all-terrain moves. Stick with the paved surfaces they’re meant for.
Any abrupt terrain change can cause problems for your safety, such as riding from grass to pavement, speed bump, etc. Do this slowly and with care.
Step off a Segway and use the power assist mode any time you are unsure of how to handle the terrain or area that you’re crossing.
Maintain a safe distance between you and the handlebar: Leaning on the handlebar can reduce your ability to control the Segway properly.
Avoid pedestrians: You are moving faster than pedestrians and some pedestrians won’t even hear your approach. Always be on the alert for avoiding them, and be ready to call out if anything goes wrong before you can brake.
Watch out for obstacles:
If there are things in the way of your Segway, they have the potential to knock you off or create a collision. It’s up to you to see them, which can be difficult if you’re distracted by sightseeing or chatting. Common objects that cause problems include park benches, light poles, signposts, and trees.
Avoid holes, curbs, and steps when using the Segway. A Segway can easily trip up on such obstacles.
Don’t take your Segway down a steep slope. Doing so will cause it to unbalance, and it’s very likely that you’ll be thrown off.
Don’t ride a Segway on any surface that is slippery, such as wet grass, oily or greasy areas, or wet floors.
Don’t ride over loose items such as branches, pebbles, rocks, broken glass, etc. These can cause the Segway to lose traction and tip you out.
Think ahead: As with riding a bike, scooter, or any other wheeled transportation that interacts with traffic and pedestrians, stay alert all of the time and react ahead of things happening.
Slow down (and stop if needed) at crossings, intersections, groups of people, driveways, around corners, doorways or other low-hanging areas, etc.
Get out of the way of cars, cyclists, and other traffic.
Realize that often you can’t be seen or heard, or people may not equate a Segway with being something they need to stop for.
Avoid iPod oblivion or cell phone distractions. Don’t use MP3 players or cell phones while operating the Segway
Don’t drink and ride.
Stop your Segway before getting off it:
Don’t let go of a Segway that is still in balance mode or it will continue to travel away from you and could potentially collide with someone or something
Check out this great video
Check out this great video explaining the operation of a Segway.