September 29, 2011. (Romereports.com)
They're called segways. And they are slowly taking over the sidewalks of Rome. They're mostly used by tourists, but the creators have taken it a step further: They launched a new model for disabled people.
It's called “Genny Mobility”. The inventor, Paolo Badano, transformed his wheelchair into this new two-wheeled design.
Although it's still in the testing phase, this Italian company believes
that not too far in the future, people with disabilities can use them
for everyday chores.
President Roma Segway
“There are people who thanks to Genny mobility have returned to
taking strolls on the beach or in the snow, as well as shopping at the
supermarket completely on their own without the need of help.
Rome Segways was created in 2008 with the idea of creating something fun
and informative for tourists that would at the same time, respect the
The group offers the possibility of following specific routes throughout
the city. Depending on the length of the tour, prices vary between 80
and 150 euros.
Mario del Monte
Commercial and Tecnical Director Rome Segway
“There are routes that are away from all the traffic and cars that also
show the most beautiful and hidden corners of Rome. I call them 'the
treasures of Rome.' We show a different Rome that you can't see by car
or bus. These are special routes that show Rome as a beautiful city of
beauty and romance.”
Before the start of the tour, everyone learns how to drive the segway.
After some practice, the tour begins with a video that's available in
six different languages.