segways on sidewalks


In 2011, the City of Boston Code was amended after the City Council passed an ordinance placing restrictions on Segways, or “electric personal assistive mobility devices.”

The ordinance, which WalkBoston supported, came as a response to complaints from residents in Charlestown and the North End, where many sidewalks are too narrow to safely accommodate these motorized devices. The ordinance prohibits the use of Segways along public property in the City that has not been approved by the Boston Transportation Department. Segway tour operators are now required to work with the BTD to determine which routes for Segway tours are most appropriate.  The ordinance makes exceptions for those who use Segways as assistive devices for mobility impairments.