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Sidewalk SUV

2006-07-25 20:54:46.807827+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Maybe my calling Segway a failure is premature: WSJ: Make Way for the Sidewalk SUV (apologies to whomever I stole this from, I don't remember my source right now):

On a recent afternoon at Walt Disney World, Dennis Robles was cruising around on an electric "mobility scooter" that the park usually rents out to people with disabilities. Mr. Robles doesn't have a problem walking -- he says he was simply saving up energy for late-night dancing.

"I'm pretty healthy," says the 37-year-old truck driver from Brooklyn, N.Y. "Just lazy, I guess."

If all of these "get a scooter for free from Medicaid" ads keep up, then maybe the stigma against using scooters on the sidewalk will be worn down and Segway[Wiki] users won't be seen as lazy dorks.

[ related topics: Health Sociology Segway/Ginger/IT ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-25 21:57:28.002563+00 by: petronius

The wheelchair analogy is closer than you think. Kamen's balance module in the Segway was originally designed for the IBOT, his stair-climbing wheelchair. Unfortunaltly, Medicare won't approve it which means Medicaid and most insurance plans won't either. Of course, it does cost as much as a Chevy, and I can see why HHS is a bit leery.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-28 00:49:08.323828+00 by: Shawn

I witnessed this myself when we were at Disney World a few months back: I noticed a group of young, hip[-hop] teens entering the park about the same time as us. Later, I watched the whole pack cruise by on those scooters. And yes, the guys were leaning back and to the left with their right hand on the handlebar.