The objective of this research was to examine the operating characteristics of the SegwayTM Human Transporter (HT). This final report provides empirical data on SegwayTM HT acceleration and stopping distance (both planned and unplanned stops) as well as riders' approach speed and clearance distance when navigating around obstacles. Such information can support a rational approach to the incorporation of SegwayTM HT traffic into regulating, planning, designing, and controlling shared-use paths and roadways. The results of the research described here will provide practitioners and policy makers with data to make informed decisions related to the use of SegwayTM HTs on shared-use facilities.
Monique R. Evans
Director, Office of Safety
Research and Development
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Operating Characteristics of
the SegwayTM Human Transporter
5. Report Date
6. Performing Organization Code
Sheryl Miller, Jason Kennedy, John Molino, Amanda Emo, Gabriel Rousseau, Carol Tan, and Ann Do
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9. Performing Organization Name and Address
8301 Greensboro Drive M/S E-12-3
McLean, VA 22102
10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
|12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center Federal Highway
Administration 6300 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22101-2296
|13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Report, 2003-2009
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15. Supplementary Notes
The FHWA Contracting Officer's
Technical Representative (COTR) was Christopher Monk.
The SegwayTM Human
Transporter (HT) is one of several low-speed transportation devices (e.g.,
bikes, scooters, wheelchairs) that, under certain circumstances, travels on
sidewalks, roadways, and other shared-use paths. The objective of this
research was to examine the primary operating characteristics of the SegwayTM HT.
Research was conducted at
the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
on a closed sidewalk course. Speed and stopping distance were examined for
experienced riders, and speed
and clearance distance in the presence of obstacles were examined for
experienced and novice riders. Overall, both experienced and novice riders
were able to navigate the sidewalk course without difficulties. The results
provided empirical data regarding the operating characteristics of the SegwayTM HT in relation
and stopping distance (for both planned and unplanned stops) as well as
approach speed and clearance distance when navigating around obstacles. Such
information is needed to develop a rational approach to incorporate SegwayTM HT traffic into
regulating, planning, designing, and controlling shared-use paths and
roadways. The SegwayTM HT represents just one of many unconventional
transportation modes that may share these facilities in the future. The methodologies described may prove useful in
determining the operating characteristics of these other modes, as well.
|17. Key Words
Travel speed, Approach speed, Stopping distance, Clearance distance,
Operating characteristics, Sidewalks, Shared-use paths
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No restrictions. This
document is available through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.
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