more information on the Segway Human Transporter, please
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will it affect the pedestrian and the bicyclist?
1. What is the Segway?
The Segway Human Transporter (SHT) is described as "the first self-balancing, electric-powered transportation device." The rider stands on a small platform supported 6 to 8 inches off the ground by two parallel wheels; holds onto handlebars that are used to steer the device; when the rider leans forward the SHT moves forward and when the rider leans back the SHT moves back or stops.
2. How big is the Segway?
The SHT comes in four models. The smallest model is 16 inches long, 22 inches wide, and weighs 69 pounds. The largest model available is for commercial/industrial use; it is 21 inches long, 31 inches wide and weighs up to 100 pounds.
3. How fast is the Segway?
Top speeds range from 10 to 12.5 mph.
4. How far can the Segway go?
Models range from 6-10 to 15-24 miles per charge.
5. How much weight can the Segway carry?
Model carrying capacity ranges from 210 to 260 pounds. Some models also support a lower and side cargo system that increase carrying capacity.
6. When will the SHT be available?
The SHT is now sold in 43 states and through amazon.com.
7. Where can I get more information?
www.segway.com has a lot of additional promotional and technical information.
8. Why has the Segway become a legislative/public policy issue?
The manufacturers of the Segway launched a lobbying campaign to amend state and Federal law to ensure that the device is not regulated as a motorized vehicle and that it is able to operate on sidewalks and trails rather than the road. Legislation to achieve these goals has been introduced in the US Senate and most states. At least 31 states have passed legislation regarding how and where an SHT can be used.