What is a Segway ??

The Segway PT

 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). 

Common Questions

 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. 

Safety

 

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.

Avoid speeding:

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

Cool Segway Video

Check out this great video

Beginner Video

Check out this great video explaining the operation of a Segway.

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