URBAN STREET: IS THERE ROOM FOR SEGWAY (TRADEMARK) HUMAN TRANSPORTER (HT)?

The ever-growing congestion and demand for capacity along urban streets of America has created great need for better, easier, and environmental friendly transportation modes. Among a wide range of responses to such needs, the Segway (Trademark) Human Transporter (HT) has captured the attention of transportation professionals and politicians, as well as ordinary citizens. Segway HT gathered such attention not only because of its technically advanced, futuristic appearance but also because of the controversy around whether it is a motorized device and whether it should be allowed to operate on the sidewalks of urban streets. To help transportation professionals understand the concept and implications of the Segway HT, the authors of this paper try to explain what Segway is, how it works, and how it may be incorporated into the transportation infrastructure. Besides the potential opportunities for Segway HT as a supplemental transportation mode, the authors also try to point out the challenges to the urban environment when Segway is introduced as a transportation mode. After evaluating the general condition of urban streets in America, this research focuses on the potential hindrance and conflicts that may be created when operating Segway on the sidewalks of urban streets. The preliminary conclusion of this research reveals a dilemma for Segway development: in the densely developed urban areas, there may not be capacity on busy sidewalks to accommodate Segway travel safely. On the other hand, there may be capacity on the sidewalks in the suburban or peripheral areas; the land use and urban forms may not be conducive for Segway/pedestrian use. To promote Segway and other non-motorized transportation modes, a dedicated non-motorized lane along the urban street may be the answer.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: 2ND URBAN STREET SYMPOSIUM: UPTOWN, DOWNTOWN, OR SMALL TOWN: DESIGNING URBAN STREETS THAT WORK, JULY 28-30, 2003, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00989157
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 7 2005 12:00AM