The Segway Personal Transporter (PT) can be safely operated by adults of almost any age.
Today sees a delightful storyin a UK paper about an 82 year old owner of a Segway x2 mode from Stropshirel. The Rev Davies, a former vicar of Hanmer, says: “It’s a bit like riding a bike, except you learn how to ride a segway in about five minutes. The machine does it all for you and you learn to trust it.”
Here in New Zealand, we’ve had owners in their 80’s riding Segway PTs since 2004. These people have gone on record in our Case Studies with comments such as “I don’t want to be in one of those sit-down mobility scooters – those things are for old people.”
Auckland’s famous Grey Lynn Park Festival is on this weekend. Once again, organiser Hans Heumann has hired two Segway PTs for event management. He uses one during the set up days prior to the event, and two on show day. With ease, he can ride the Segway PT and bend down every few meters spray the grass with an aerosol paint can to mark out the locations for exhibitors to assemble their stands. He says the Segway PT not only cuts the set-up time from 3 days to 2 days, but that as the years go by he would no longer be able to do the job on foot in any case. For the Grey Lynn Park Festival and many other shows, in just a few years the Segway PT has become an essential tool for Event Management.