Segway's in Madrid

While I was in Madrid I had an opportunity to participate in a great tour provided by Madseg’s Madrid Segway Tours. This was my first experience on a Segway, and let’s just say that I was hooked! This is a great way to experience more of a destination than you could otherwise do on foot. We covered more ground in 4 hours than I could have possibly done in a full day. Plus we had a great guide who gave the group some history and background to many of the sites at which we stopped.

First let me say that the Segway can look intimidating. The tour starts out at the Plaza de España, where you get a lesson on how to run your Segway. Literally within minutes I felt very comfortable on the Segway, it is truly amazing how maneuverable they are. The tour takes in many of the popular sights in Madrd, including the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Royal Opera, the Egyptian Temple, the Cathedral, Sabatini Gardens, and many more points in between. The tour included a stop for lunch at a nice little cafe.

Here are few facts from the Madseg website:

Can children use a Segway HT?

The Segway HT is an intelligent mode of transport and makes calculations for you. There are sensors in the base that detect when you have lost your balance or at worst fallen off. Due to this there is a minimum weight of 25kg for any rider. When gliding you are the responsible person and in complete control of the Segway HT, so we at Madsegs, for your safety and others have applied a minimum age of 17 (7 if accompanied by parents and a safety helmet is preferred).

How safe is using a Segway HT?

The Segway HT has redundant systems and sophisticated alerts built into its design, and many thousands of hours of use have demonstrated that the Segway HT is safe when used appropriately. It is important that Segway HT riders understand their responsibility to ride safely. Proper skill level and understanding of the Segway HT prevents injuries caused by loss of control or misuse. BUT yes it is possible to collide with an obstacle and fall.

There are some limitations to using a Segway HT.
  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs without assistance as you will be required to mount and dismount the Segway HT.
  • You must weigh between 25-150 kg (55lb-331lb).
  • You must have full use of your left hand to enable you to operate the steering control.No pregnant women may use the Segway HT (due to the speed limiter placing some pressure on the abdomen).
I would definitely recommend this tour as something out of the ordinary and a great experience.

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