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Friday, September 26, 2008

Segway store coming to Over-the-Rhine

The Gateway Quarter has just signed their latest retail tenant. Segway will be opening up their 6th Ohio location and 2nd Cincinnati area store at 1150 Vine Street (directly across from Park+Vine).

The store will be selling the Segway Personal Transporter (PT) which generally cost around $5,000 - $6,000. The Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device (EPAMD) is a "self-balancing, non-tandem, two-wheeled device that can turn in place, transports only one person, with an electric propulsion system averaging less than one horsepower, and travels less than 12.5 miles per hour." The 'green' transporters produce zero emissions and can travel up to 24 miles on a single charge.

Segways are treated the same as pedestrians and bicyclists and should not be taken on the road with vehicular traffic. You can currently find several police forces around the area using these devices. They generally fit through doorways and are great urban transporters.

The OTR store could be open in as little as 30 days since minor finishes are needed in the new retail spaces created by the Gateway Building. The store will also be renting Segways and offering rent-to-own programs for those looking to buy a Segway. Segway also offers tours with one Cincinnati area tour (PDF) operating in Eden Park. The opening on this OTR store could be the jumpstart for a Segway tour through historic Over-the-Rhine and/or Downtown - stay tuned.

Also be sure to check them out during the Downtown Tour of Living as Segway will have Segway PTs on display and available for test runs at the Gateway Quarter parking lot at 12th & Vine.

10 comments:

Sherman Cahal said...

This is a great addition to OTR, and a visible sign that critical mass is being achieved in the vicinity of 12th and Vine.

Dan said...

Interesting. Are they still going to have or have a store in Mt. Adams?

MisterDoctor said...

Great. Now us white people who already live in OTR have lost all the cred we've spent so much time building. Thank you misguided gentrification.

5chw4r7z said...

We're white and nerdy, can't avoid it so might as well wallow in it.

randyrocks said...

Do you think they'll be a rash of segway-jackings in OTR?

That would be something...

Anonymous said...

misterdoctor said it perfectly. a person riding on a segway might as well tattoo "douche bag" to their forehead, especially in a place like OTR.

Cincinnati NAMjA said...

Great to know. I wonder how well these things do in the snow.

Randy Simes said...

Dan...it is my understanding that they will have two Cincinnati locations. This location should be more substantial than the Mt. Adams spot.

While these things certainly look nerdy, I hope for them to run Downtown and OTR tours out of this store. For some reason Segway Tours are extremely popular with tourists. I test rode one on Saturday and thought they were fun...hopefully no one got my picture though. :)

Anonymous said...

Agreed, a segway store will suck. And I definitely don't want packs of segway riders with their little unnecessary helmets buzzing around.

haha ... I would be happy about almost any other business opening in OTR!

CityKin said...

Jeesh, I didn't know they were so hated.

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