Frequently Asked Questions About Segways
nervous about not being able to ride. I was
thrilled how easy it is -and really fun! ”
- Tammy R., Waycross, GA
because I'm kind of a spaz ”
- Sherri E., Spring Hill, Florida
simple the Segway worked ”
- Lee P., Colorado Springs, CO
EcoMotionTours has been operating Segway tours since 2005. Approximately 9,000 people (ages 13-93) have enjoyed excursions with us. By design, Segway transporters are wonderfully fun and safe to ride.
This page contains answers to some common questions. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need additional information.
What is a Segway?
A Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device designed to go wherever people go. It is easy to learn to operate because of its technologically advanced design that senses your body movements. Lean forward, go forward. Stand straight and stop. To increase speed, you lean forward a little harder. To slow down, you lean back. You're always in control of the Segway. The comfortable platform for your feet and adjustable handlebar height make the process of gliding along second nature and an experience you're sure to enjoy.
Are most people able to ride a Segway?
Segways are remarkably easy to master, however we do require that riders be at least 13 years old and weigh no more than 260 pounds. Riders must be able to perform such tasks as going up and down stairs without assistance, and without using a handrail. You must be able to operate the steering control with your left hand and be able to stand on the Segway's platform for the length of the tour you choose (either one-hour or two-hours). A comprehensive training and practice session is required prior to each tour. Our guests find our Cross-Terrain Segways to be especially easy to learn to ride. With the big tires, these Segways are very solid and reassuringly stable. The Park's secured training field is a fun and relaxed place to practice your new riding skills.
At what speed will I be traveling?
Most of the time, the Segways travels the trails at about 5 mph, (a little faster than a brisk walk), allowing people to see more of the Island in less time. The guide sets the pace according to the varied trail terrain and confidence of riders.
Why is riding a Segway an eco-friendly way to tour?
EcoMotion Tours uses the Segway XT cross-terrain model optimized for varied terrain and rugged environments. Segway XT's are “clean and green." They use wide, low-pressure tires that leave minimal impact on the riding surface. They are battery powered and emit zero emissions. They are also very quiet so they don't disturb wildlife or the public.
How does a Segway work?
The Segway utilizes "dynamic stabilization" which balances the rider. In case you don't know what "dynamic stabilization" means, here's a simplified explanation. The Segway senses the rider's center of gravity 100 times a second; this information is processed and used to reliably balance the Segway and rider. As the rider leans forward, the center of gravity moves forward and the Segway responds by traveling forward. The same applies for going backward. If the center of gravity is directly over the standing platform the Segway will remain stationary. You don't need any special balancing skills — the Segway does it for you!