The state legislature gave Segway riders some support last year by directing traffic authorities to treat them like bicycles. But the city has remained recalcitrant. Now, a break! Mayor Bloomberg has dropped a favorable word for the early-21st-century runabouts….
Bloomberg, who previously approved Segways for NYPD use, expressed his support for allowing civilian Segways in the streets at a signing ceremony for a pedicab bill. It’s “just idiotic” that they’re banned, he said, and “I would let all of these things go on.”
Presumably he meant allowing Segways on streets, not sidewalks; bike and pedestrian advocates Transportation Alternatives have long opposed letting the things on public footpaths. Or maybe he wasn’t thinking about it much at all. It’s not a huge lobby. But if Segway and its followers want to seize the day, they might show up at Summer Streets the weekend as a test case. It would not be unprecedented.