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Segways in San Francisco

Segways in San Francisco

When we mention the word Segway as a method of transportation, your first thoughts might be nerds, lazy people, cops, or perhaps a mixture of all three for those who have seen the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

But it’s time to push those negative perceptions of the Segway aside – these ‘vehicles’ are actually a fun and novel way to explore many cities across the United States and around the world. With a top speed of 12 mph (20 km/h), you can cover a whole lot more ground on a Segway than you ever could on foot and have a whole lot of fun whilst doing it!

Despite having some initial reservations, we chose to participate in a Segway tour of San Francisco in August 2009. Why exactly? Well we were trying to see as much of the city as we could in a short time frame and thought we would give them a try after seeing Segway tours were ranked #2 and #5 on TripAdvisor’s list of Things to Do in San Francisco.

Kieron & Amy on Segways with San Francisco as a backdrop

As we sat through a short introductory video and undertook the initial training, doubts about whether we really wanted to do this tour started to creep in. Probably because we felt like were going to look like massive dorks and be pointed out and laughed at in public – thankfully they didn’t make us wear those bright yellow vests like some of the other Segway tours!

But after quickly getting the hang of the Segways, our tour group of 7 hit the hilly streets of San Francisco and we knew why these tours were so widely raved about! For around 3 hours we rode through the financial district and down to the waterfront to see the Embarcadero and all the famous sites of San Francisco bay. We got to see many sights we wouldn’t otherwise have seen, learned a lot about the landmarks of the city from our knowledgeable guide and had plenty of fun as well.

If you have the opportunity and the budget (approx. $70 per person) to take a Segway tour on your travels, we highly recommend it – it was definitely one of the highlights of our vacation!

Flickr Photo: jpellgen

5 Comments

  1. Posted October 31, 2010 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    I have never ridden a segway and would have never thought of using one to tour a city. They look like so much fun & it would make it an interesting way to see a city. I also like that its not that expensive.

    1 question though. Where would you leave it when you get off to go somewhere?
    Jaime recently posted..175HRS IN JAIL

    • Posted October 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      We just left them parked against the kerb… don’t think the tour guide turned them off or anything. Although a Segway wouldn’t be one of the easier things for the opportunistic thief to steal, it takes at least 20-30 minutes to get the hang of it!

  2. Posted October 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    they look like fun, i would use the segways

  3. Posted March 6, 2011 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    omg that’s so funny that you used those here! you’re right- they usually make me think lazy, but i think i need to re-examine that thought. after all, i rent motorbikes while abroad so i can zip around faster, and these are probably a lot more eco-friendly! don’t know how you’d manage the hills here though! :)
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  4. Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Might become eco-travellers first choice of transport when on the road! :)

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