I always love the thrill of trying to take images of total strangers from a distance in public places without getting discovered. These people riding Segways in Sarasota Florida, near the Ringling Causeway Bridge, were perfect candidates for a long distance shot. To my surprise when I got home the lady was looking right at me when I snapped the shutter button. Oh well, this is a really good picture of people riding segways along the seaway in Sarasota.
Every time I see people riding segways I think of how the person who owned the company died on one. Did you know that? Here, check out what NBC news posted about the owner’s death:
“A British businessman who bought the Segway company less than a year ago died after riding one of the scooters off a cliff and into a river near his Yorkshire estate. Jim Heselden, known locally as Jimi,acquired the Segway company from its U.S. inventor Dean Kamen in December 2009.” Read the entire article here: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39377851/ns/world_news-europe/t/segway-company-owner-rides-scooter-cliff-dies/
If you want to know where to rent a segway, apparently there are rentals in Sarasota through a company called Sarasota by Segway. You can check out their website by clicking here.
Interesting Facts About Segways
- Top speeds are near twelve and a half miles per hour.
- The ratio for charging the batter is one hour of time on the charger yields two hours of operational time.
- A segway actually has an auto battery charging system. When the vehicle is decelerating or going down a hill, the design allows for the batteries to be automatically recharged.
- There’s a cargo area that accommodates up to ten pounds of storage.
- The two wheeled transportation vehicle is the width of a person, therefore allowing plenty of room for passing people while riding it on a sidewalk.
- If you are wondering, “does a segway have breaks”? No! It moves and stops based upon the center of gravity of the operator’s body.
- How do you turn a segway? Turning involved flicking the wrist.
- There are three different speed settings to accommodate different riding conditions. There’s a setting for beginners (about six miles per hour), one for riding on a sidewalk ( speeds up to eight miles per hour), open space riding (full-speed at twelve and a half miles per hour).
- They are not just for riding on paved surfaces. The machine travels on various terrains.
Oh my gosh, ha ha…I just went to Youtube looking for a video that shows how to ride a segway and found a really FUNNY video from Weird Al Yankovic.
He’s Riding A Segway Somewhere in This Video:
Anyway, taking pictures is an absolute blast and so is researching and writing about the images that were captured during the photography adventure. There are a lot of images on this website that have been captured along the saltwater seaways. To view them check out the following categories: water sports, boats, sunsets, and birds. Thanks for checking out this website.