10 + 1 Fun Facts about San Francisco Segways!

Going to San Francisco is already a dream coming true, isn’t it? But why say no to an upgrade?

Explore San Francisco in the easiest, most fascinating and innovative way, reveling in every second of it – by joining the San Francisco Segway Tour!  Ride the latest and most technologically advanced Segway PTs, having seasoned instructors – guides by your side who will take you around San Francisco’s known and hidden treasures while making a Segway master out of you!

Visit the majestic Fisherman’s Warf and the stunning Municipal Pier 39, marvel the view over the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge and see up-close the infamous Alcatraz prison. Check the distinguished Ghirardelli Square, the engrossing Cable Car turnaround and the pictorial Hyde Street Pier.  Let the Dungeness Crab Stands views bewitch you and take your sweetheart on a romantic stroll around the Aquatic Park. Keep the thrills of the mighty USS Pampanito SS-383 submarine and the serenity of San Francisco’s beaches and harbors for the end.

Whether a lone traveler, a couple craving a romantic journey, a family with teens looking for new experiences, or a group of friends wishing something different, San Francisco Segway Tour is certainly your top option, giving you the chance to SEE, LEARN, and FEEL the city, rather than just taking a look at it.

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Being by far the most fun, informative and popular way to explore San Francisco, we thought it would be great to know a few fun facts about Segway’s own saga. Check them out!

  1. Who was Segway’s Inventor?

Segway’s inventor was Dean Kamen, a brainy businessman from New York.

  1. What was meant for initially?

At first, the whole idea was to create a wheelchair that will have its user higher off of the ground. Eventually, it ended up in an innovative product that allowed people to ramble around the streets effortlessly and funnily. Kame’s first wheelchair-model, known as iBOT, was discontinued about 8 years ago.

  1. Are the rumors about Dean Kamen’s death true?

It is often said that the inventor of Segways fell off a cliff while riding a Segway and died. That is not true. The one that had this terrible accident was the owner of Segway’s manufacturing firm, Jimi Heselden. Sadly, he lost his life 7 years ago at the age of 62, while trying to cross a heavily tree-rooted terrain too close to the edge of a 26-meter high cliff.

  1. When was the first Segway constructed?

On July 27th, 1999.

  1. When did it make its first public appearance?

In December 2001, on the famous TV show “Good Morning America.”

  1. Why were they called ‘Segways’?

Well, there is much discussion about that. Most people believe the term to stem from the word ‘segue,’ meaning ‘smooth transition.’ Segways are also known ‘Personal Transporters.’

  1. What exactly is a Segway?

Segways core structure is pretty simple: they are a 2 wheeled vehicle powered by electricity and stirred by hands and body weight distribution.

  1. Is it easy to learn their handling?

Yes, very easy! The only thing you have to do is push the handle bars to direct the vehicle and balance your body! Highly sensitive fluid-based leveling sensors and gyroscopic sensors detect any changes in weight distributions and move accordingly.

  1. When were Segways first available to the market?

In the winter of 2002. Its first buyer ordered it from Amazon!

  1. How fast are they?

Well, if you have seen the Mall Cop movie, you already have a clue! Segways can actually go faster than the average squirrel and pig!

  1. Which is the best way to try them?

Ask those who have tried, and they will tell you: the best way to marvel a Segway’s PT secrets is by touring the streets and sights of San Francisco! Amazing views, legendary and world-famous sights and the distinctive air of this vast metropolis is what you need to cast away your stress and fears and quickly master its spurts and sways! 

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San Francisco Segway Tour
2545 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

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