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City scooter tours proposed

March 14, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

The City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Department will work with a Sharpsburg businessman to determine whether it's feasible to permit battery-operated scooter tours in the city.

Jeffrey Hutman, owner of TourGlides, told the City Council during a Tuesday afternoon work session that he wants to offer Segway tours in City Park and downtown.

A Segway is a battery-operated scooter.

The council gave Hutman its blessing to work with Parks and Recreation Director Junior Mason to find out whether the tours would be viable.

Hutman said he is fully insured, and the city wouldn't be liable if a Segway is involved in an accident.

The Segways move at about 6 mph and carry one person, who steers the vehicle while standing on a platform.

Austin Colby of Segway of Hagerstown said the Segways can stop on a dime if they run into something. The Segways only would be available for guided tours, not rentals, he said.

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Segways are ideal for people who have a hard time getting around, Colby said.

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