From John Hennessy, NPS:
This morning’s Free Lance-Star reports that city council approved a company’s request to run Segway tours in downtown Fredericksburg, avoiding the busiest areas on Caroline and William Street. Last weekend, I was in Washington DC, and saw probably 20 pods of Segways buzzing around town. And, of course, the NPS has commenced a trial run of Segway tours at Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield every Saturday, with Frank O’Reilly in the lead. Those tours have received a happy reception so far. A company at Gettysburg is running Segway tours there, and the same company that is doing the Spotsylvania tours also runs tours at Petersburg.
Is this sudden and ubiquitous marriage of Segways and interpretation a fad or a substantial shift in how visitors can and will be getting themselves over and around historic landscapes for interpretive purposes? Do people sign up for these tours for the history or for a chance to play on a Segway? Does it matter why they come, if they get a great interpretive experience in the process? Will it affect the old-fashioned hoof-it tours given downtown every weekend by the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Scott Walker’s Hallowed Ground Tours?
I’d be curious about people’s thoughts on this emerging phenomenon.