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Whether there is a need for these devices is a matter of personal preference. From my own observations in the cities of Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto, there is not a need for those vehicles in large cities with decent public transit systems.
The layouts of large cities have been planned with walking in mind. Even though the Segway is only slightly wider than an average person’s shoulders, many city sidewalks are narrow and congested with fire hydrants, trees, cafe seating, etc. If even a small percentage of walkers during busy hours were riding Segways, say 10% of people walking around during lunch hours, there would be serious congestion and danger for both Segway riders and walkers on sidewalks. Segways would also present a danger in the streets, as they are much slower than cars.
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