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Friday, May 1, 2009

Seen in San Francisco: Don't Forget To Lock Up Your Segway, Pal

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2009 at 5:30 AM

Is it just us -- or does this look like a machine violating a piece of municipal property? - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • Is it just us -- or does this look like a machine violating a piece of municipal property?

Wither the Segway. Once hailed as the clean vehicle of tomorrow that would actually alter the way cities are designed, it has, instead, run aground on ordinances preventing it from traveling on city sidewalks and, basically, by the fact that people can't help but laugh at folks riding a Segway.

click to enlarge JOE ESKENAZI
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Far from becoming ubiquitous, those piloting the vehicles are stared at like dwarfs in jockey outfits riding ostriches. So it was unusual to spot the above Segway at Market and Church chained to a fire/police call box. A pod of French tourists even pointed their fingers and bellowed, qu'est-ce que c'est?

As you can see, the owner of said Segway was careful to lock it up. Are there companies that make Segway locks? Or was this device improvised?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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