The Telegraph reports Segway PT sales are up almost 12% in the first 6 months of 2009. The British distributor says PTs are becoming increasingly popular, but are yet to reach the sales levels of other EU states such as Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy – almost all EU states legalised PT use on footpaths, cycleways and urban roads earlier this decade. While the UK is yet to update it’s 120 year old law that currently makes using PTs in public spaces technically illegal, authorities have taken a practical, tolerant approach and have never ticketed anyone for riding PT in public.
There are about 2,000 PTs in Britain, or one per 30,000 people. Here in New Zealand Segway PTs are almost twice as popular: about 250 PTs, or one per 17,000 people.
In fact, NZ has one of the Top 3 per-capita rates of PT ownership in the world (normalised for GDP, or relative wealth), outside of North America.
Segway Tours continue to increase in popularity across New Zealand and in just about every country in the world. What better way to see more of the sights in less time – up close and in person – than on a Segway PT tour? This week, PTs from Queenstown tour operator Segway On Q featured on TV2’s popular Sunday’s television program What Now. Segway On Q’s lakefront tours is voted the #2 Attraction in Queenstown at TripAdvisor.com