Become familiar with the regulations in your state
The Segway® Personal Transporter (PT) complies with all Federal product standards and applicable safety standards requirements. Segway PTs may be used in all 50 states on private property with the permission of the property owner.
As of October 2005, 42 states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation to allow use of Segway PTs on sidewalks, bike paths, and certain roads. The laws differ from state to state, so it is important that potential purchasers and Segway PT users carefully review their state regulations and comply with any special requirements. (Many of these laws use the term "Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device" or "Personal Motorized Mobility Device", which are generally defined so as to include Segway PT.) In most cases, state legislation gives local authorities the option of enacting additional laws about Segway PT use. Segway recommends that potential purchasers and users check with local government to identify and comply with regulations in their town or city.
Legislation governing use of Segway PTs is primarily at the state level. The following states have enacted permissive legislation:
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
(Sections 436 through 465)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
- Rhode Island (more)
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Certain states have not yet enacted legislation affirmatively permitting Segway use on public ways. This does not necessarily mean that Segway PT use in public areas is prohibited, so check your local regulations prior to use. In general, the following states do not allow use of powered conveyances on sidewalks and bike paths:
- New York
- North Dakota
Certain states have no prohibitions against the use of powered conveyances on sidewalks and in pedestrian areas. These states include:
While in general no state prohibitions exist in these states, local regulations may exist. We recommend that you check your local regulations prior to use in public areas.
Legislative efforts continue. If your home state has not yet enacted permissive legislation, please revisit this site in the future for updates.