|Cops using Segways on Plaza Bolívar.|
Bogotá police have found a new way to move around - on Segways, those weird, two-wheeled vehicles which stand up by themselves and roll at a walking pace.
|Better on bikes? On the |
Plaza del Periodista.
From what I read, a Segway maxes out at about 20 kph - slower than a sprint by one of the fit young men who commit most of Bogotá's petty crime. And how about those agile criminals who know how to climb stairs, skip over curbs and even leap over walls? Do the police, in hot pursuit, continue on foot, abandoning the Segway to being stolen itself, or stick with the Segway and wave goodbye to the bad guy? And can Segways handle the city's potholes and fractured sidewalks? How about when that battery runs out of charge in mid-chase?
|A step too far? Could a |
Segway sprint up these stairs?
Compare that to a bicycle, which can move much faster, at least for short distances, especially downhill, and keeps the cyclist in shape. And, upon reaching stairs, a fit cop can hoist that bike onto his shoulder and charge up the steps. Try that with a 95 pound Segway.
|Cops on 'patrol' on Seventh Ave. |
Maybe with Segways, they'd get
|Aren't bicycles a better idea?|
|Rolling alongside the San Francisco River, |
on Jimenez Ave.
|The new frontier in personal mobility devices: legs?|
This El Tiempo article reports apparent irregularities and over-payments for the Segways and some electric scooters.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours