52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge

29. On Two Wheels


Do you recall the hoopla and secrecy surrounding the introduction of the Segway? It was touted as a great invention that would change the way people moved. A few small tour companies in Sarasota have incorporated the use of the Segway as one of their guides narrates and leads a group around our fair city for two hours. All of the participants are riding on a Segway. Since there are few people who have ridden on this relatively new mode of transportation, the guide has the obligation to teach his group of tourists to properly ride, steer, turn, slow and stop their assigned Segway before venturing forth.

Zack introducing Segway to his tour group.

Zack introducing Segway to his tour group.

Last week, I dropped in to watch this “Segway 101” as Zach, the tour guide, prepped his group of six for their journey. He told them a few things about the machine and then demonstrated techniques for maintaining proper stance and balance; how to stop, start and turn; how to slow or accelerate; and how to dismount. He emphasized all of these things as important to enjoying the afternoon tour and then let his newbies practice a while in the parking area before their tour began.

Demo of techniques used for successfully riding the Segway.

Demo of techniques used for successfully riding the Segway.

It really looked like it could be fun. Zack said he has had only a few people who have fallen and, usually, it was a result of not paying attention. I think I will put this on my bucket list.

Last minute instructions.

Last minute instructions.

When last seen, the group was heading toward the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

When last seen, the group was heading toward the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.


Author: donnagf1

An enthusiastic amateur photographer, I enjoy picturing the events, people, animals and things in my life. And so joining in the "52 Week Challenge" of interpreting life through a lens sounds as if it will be a lot of fun -- presenting my view through the lens and seeing how others in our photography group interpret their views concerning a given subject.

8 thoughts on “29. On Two Wheels

  1. I have always wanted to try this. Knowing me, however, I would be the first to tumble off.

  2. It does look like fun, at least they are wearing helmets!

  3. Nice journalistic images.
    Jump on it. I did it at Disney World – Epcot where the training is indoors with ramps and obstacles. Yes, you are required to wear a helmet and the key controls the top speed of the segway so you won’t go zooming off. Warning – they step in front of you when you least expect it to simulate kids running in front of you. Then when they are happy you can control it, they take you out into the park. I did it during the Flower and Garden Event when they have art and flowers galore. It was a blast and much easier in the park than the training center. I didn’t fall off.

  4. You are encouraging — sometime before the weather gets too hot, I am going on one of these people movers!

  5. We should do a club field trip on Segways.

  6. It would be fun — I think —

  7. Thank you! Interesting comment on the ripple effect of Segway’s marketing.

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