California Department of Transportation

Low-Speed Modes Linked to Transit


Short distance trips constitute a large portion of overall travel. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 50 percent of trips are less than five miles and transport only one person. Each of these trips generally requires a cold start of a car engine - the time when vehicles emit the most pollution - and may also entail a degree of parking stress on either end of a trip. The Segway Human Transporter is a unique mobility device that has the potential to reduce the impacts of these short-distance trips, enhance transit connectivity, and alleviate overcrowded parking infrastructure. Innovative Mobility Research (IMR) investigates institutional issues surrounding the use of the Segway HT, including its use on sidewalks and safety for Segway HT users and surrounding pedestrians. IMR's pilot research is designed to evaluate the use of the Segway HT, bicycles, and electric bicycles as innovative devices to improve transit station access and for short-distance trips.

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