I frequently ride my Segway to the office and back. It saves me from the other options: Paying cab fare; A 40 minute walk loaded down with books, computer, briefcase, etc.; Buying a car and a parking space and paying for car insurance. So I just try to ignore as politely as I can all the people who stare at me and wonder “Who’s the dork in the suit?” as I whiz by.
Now I learn that D.C. will……hushed anticipation….be the host city for the national Segway convention this fall. I didn’t know that there was such a thing. Anyway, the Washington Post article (simple registration required) through which I discovered that may be a bit aimless, but it does have some interesting information on Segway ridership around the country. Most amusing were, however, the names of some of the Segway enthusiasts quoted in the piece: William W. Hopper, Chris Walker, and — a staunch defender of guiltfree use of the Segway — Neil Schuldeinfrei.
There is, by the way, a D.C.-based company that arranges Segway tours of the city: Segs in the City.