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Is it legal to ride a Segway in Old Bisbee?

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1. Re: Segway

I don't think you can get an answer to that question until you get there. In the downtown shopping area, the sidewalks are pretty busy. There are no real bike lanes in the streets. You might be OK on the side streets.

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2. Re: Segway

Segway use on public rights of way is typically regulated at the state, not local, level. Arizona is one of 44 states where Segway use is allowed.

Under Arizona State law the Segway is defined as an “Electric personal assistive mobility device” which is different then a moped, motorized skateboard or scooter. An "Electric personal assistive mobility device" is defined as a self-balancing two nontandem wheeled device with an electric propulsion system that limits the maximum speed of the device to fifteen miles per hour or less and that is designed to transport only one person." Basically the same rights and laws that apply to pedestrians apply to a Segway rider.

That means you can use them on sidewalks.

You have to be at least 16 to use a Segway in AZ.

Does Bisbee have any further restrictions? Not that I'm aware of.

The City of Bisbee 2004 General Plan, 2012 Zoning Ordinance and 2013 City Code Article 12 (Traffic Control) are all silent on the topic of Segways. That means State Law is the final word on Segways in AZ. (Now whether you might get harassed by pedestrians for using your Segway on a crowded sidewalk is another question altogether.)

I hope that helps--have fun...

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3. Re: Segway

Regardless of the legalities, a "personal assistance mobility device" that can go faster than most people can run seems out of place on a sidewalk in a busy area, legal or not. IMO presents a danger to pedestrians. If the Segway is not needed for mobility, in other words the rider doesn't have mobility restrictions, then perhaps they should restrict their ride to less-busy areas.

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4. Re: Segway

Good point, bob... Best to use common sense and ride as conditions allow...

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5. Re: Segway

Here in Tucson we had (and may still have) Segway tours in our downtown and historic areas. The tour company was asked to keep their tours off the sidewalks, and follow bike paths wherever possible, because that use of them did not fit ADA requirements. As I recall the City department responsible stated that individual use for a person with restricted mobility was OK on the sidewalks but not other use of the "vehicle."

BTW, if a person is "handicapped," they only need state so and cannot be questioned as to what kind of restriction other than legal requirements requiring a doctor's confirmation, such as vehicle tags or placards.

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