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Alderman: Move Segways To Bike Lane On East Randolph Street

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jul 21, 2014 7:30PM

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Brendan Reilly's ongoing campaign to regulate Segways continues. The 42nd Ward Alderman, in whose boundaries the popular attractions reside, introduced an ordinance in City Council last week that, if passed, would send Segways into the southern bike lane on East Randolph Street.

DNAInfo Chicago reports the ordinance would move Segways to the bike lane during the warm weather months to help ease sidewalk congestion. Millennium Park's northern edge and the Harris Theater border the sidewalk, which sees several tours daily during the summer. Reilly's office wrote in a neighborhood newsletter there have been numerous complaints about "conflicts" between Segways and pedestrians along East Randolph. (And that's not including any Divvy bikes.)

It's the second Segway-related ordinance championed by Reilly. In May, City Council passed legislation regulating the size and speed with which Segway tours can operate. It limits Segway tours to “no more than eight devices per hour” and limit Segway speeds to 8 mph for tourists and 12 mph for tour guides.

Let's keep the Segways off Lake Shore Drive, as well.