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Old 02-24-2013, 11:54 AM
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I see the Segway as useless. It is slow and it costs too much. A bicycle, on the other hand, is faster, often comes cheaper, easier to repair if damaged, and it is much more nimble.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:53 PM
 
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because they make you look like a dork.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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The Segway and related products have the potential to make a car-free environment a reality for more people by bridging mass transit gaps between the home and one's final destination. Why didn't New Urbanists embrace this and similar technologies?
In part because they're as expensive as a car and don't provide shelter against the snow and rain and wind and can carry one person. They're not practical so no one but yuppies with more money than they know what to do with buy them.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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because they make you look like a dork.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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I don't see how a segway would free you from car dependence. You are still exposed to the elements, no faster than a bicycle, only one person can use, harder to carry bags of groceries than a bicycle, you don't get the exercise. But a great vehicle for mall cops.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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because they make you look like a dork.
This could be said of many 2 and 4 wheeled vehicles. I mean, how many of those stupid Scion box trucks do you see driving around?
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:19 AM
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Don't forget, it's easier to set aside that time if you drive. Whether someone sets aside the 30 minutes a day they save by driving to exercise (hopefully more something more vigorous than a 5 minute walk to and from the bus stop) or spends it chowing Cheetos in front of the TV is up to them. Since obesity is strongly correlated with lower SES, seems that the decision depends on where in society someone lands.
But the walk to a bus or train station is vigorous if you're someone with a poor sense time. I'm usually running to the bus stop as I leave too late. Exercise!
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:10 AM
 
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But the walk to a bus or train station is vigorous if you're someone with a poor sense time. I'm usually running to the bus stop as I leave too late. Exercise!
Actually, also one of the reasons I biked around Seattle far more than used transportation. I'd be happily having a cup of coffee and wasting time at the coffee shop talking/surfing/whatevering and make a mental note that I needed to pack up in 5 minutes to walk the 45 feet to the bus stop. 7 minutes later I watch the bus roll by and remember I was supposed to be on it. Now I'm 15 minutes late to meet up for whatever I was meeting up for. Doh.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong
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But the walk to a bus or train station is vigorous if you're someone with a poor sense time. I'm usually running to the bus stop as I leave too late. Exercise!
One of the comments I like from one of the Urban planners was;

"Cities tend to focus on speeding up their buses, but the real way to measure success is based on the frequency of their arrivals."
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong
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Smart E-Bikes, another alternative


Urban Age Electric City: Frauke Behrendt - Smart e-bikes - YouTube

Cheaper and more practical ?
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