BART directors OK Segways on off-peak trainsBy Michael Cabanatuan
Segways and similar self-balancing, self-propelled transportation devices won't be banned from BART trains, the transit agency's Board of Directors decided Thursday.
BART's staff had suggested limiting use of what are legally called electric personal assistive mobility devices to people with disabilities. People without disabilities would have been prohibited from bringing the devices into BART stations.
But directors decided against the ban, choosing instead to allow anyone to bring Segways aboard BART - after obtaining a free permit. Passengers without disabilities, however, could only bring their devices onto platforms and trains during off-peak hours, and would not be allowed in the first car - the same as passengers with bicycles. People with disabilities would be able to use their devices at all times but would have to turn off the power and push them on platforms and trains.
BART started working on the policy after two incidents of reckless riding at stations and one in which a rider fell off the device, which landed on the tracks and was hit by a train. BART spokesman Linton Johnson said permits will be available beginning Wednesday. More information will be available at www.bart.gov the same day. About 20 people a day use the devices on BART, he estimated.
Copyright ©2008 San Francisco Chronicle. Published 08/15/2008.