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HOME arrow - Land management arrow National Park Service Begins Testing of Segway™ Human Transporter
National Park Service Begins Testing of Segway™ Human Transporter
Written by Scott Silver   
Wednesday, 01 May 2002

Pasted below is today's news release from the NPS announcing they have begun testing the "Segway Human Transporter."

IF all the NPS intends to do with these novel transportation machines is to evaluate their utility for use by NPS employees, then I see no problem.

IF the NPS is even vaguely considering the possibility of making these machines available to park visitors as an alternate mode of transportation within the parks, then I see ENORMOUS problems.

Based upon information available at the Segway website, I see enormous problems.

    (Source: Segway Company)

In addition to giving people from the park service an easier way to travel without adding to vehicular traffic, Segway HT could help reduce the environmental impact of tourism in parks. In addition, tourists could explore more deeply inside a park on Segway HT, relieving traffic congestion in welcome centers and other main public gathering points.

Segway Human Transporters represent an INAPPROPRIATE form of transportation within the National Parks. These machines would directly interfere with the enjoyment of the park by non-motorized visitors. In fact, were these machines allowed inside the National Parks they would further commercialize, privatize and motorize the National Park Experience.

Please do what you can to nip this terrible idea in the bud!!!

Scott 

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Subject: National Park Service Begins Testing of SegwayTM Human Transporter

For Immediate Release -  May 1, 2002
Gerry Gaumer 202-208-4989
Lou Delorme 202-565-1254
Meredith Groban For Segway LLC 212-598-6990

   National Park Service Begins Testing of Segway(superscript: TM) Human Transporter                               

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) --- The National Park Service (NPS) and Segway LLC today announced the start of feasibility testing with the Segway(superscript: TM) Human Transporter (HT). NPS staff and U.S. Park Police will test five Segway HT units in various locations within National Capital Parks-Central in Washington, D.C.

The NPS's objective in testing the Segway HT is to evaluate the machine's ease of use, environmental benefits and safety.  The Segway HT shows potential for increasing the mobility of NPS staff while at the same time reducing transportation effects on NPS resources.  It is considered an environmentally friendly transportation device that will not negatively affect air quality.  Safety and risks associated with NPS operations will be paramount during the testing process.

"The National Park Service is dedicated to preserving the heritage and beauty of our country's parks.  We will evaluate the Segway HT during this trial to determine if it is something that will enable park staff or U.S. Park Police to increase productivity while navigating our sites without interrupting the natural environment or visitor use," said Fran Mainella, Director of the National Park Service.

The Segway HT is the first self-balancing, electric-powered personal transporter designed to enhance the productivity of people by increasing the distance they can travel and the amount they can carry anywhere people walk.  It is designed for use in pedestrian environments, providing a non-polluting, low impact, short distance travel solution.

"The Segway HT is the perfect mobility solution for the National Park Service, as it seamlessly fits into park landscapes to increase productivity with a low environmental impact, " said Dean Kamen, chairman and founder of Segway LLC. " We believe our device can help them further their mission of preserving our national parks and are looking forward to working with them to realize all the advantages of the Segway HT."

About Segway
Segway LLC is a Manchester, NH, based business founded by renowned inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to provide a solution to short-distance travel. The company has created the SegwayTM Human Transporter (HT), the first self-balancing, electric-powered transporter designed to enhance the productivity of people by increasing the distance they can travel and the amount they can carry.  For additional information about Segway, please visit our web site at: www.segway.com. Press releases and digital images are available at Segway's press center at: www.segway.com/news.

                                   -NPS-

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