From Canada to St. Maarten. . . A Segway PT Tour Operator’s Tale

St Maarten Segway

Is it paradise? Looks that way to us.

“When was the last time you had fun doing something new and exciting? Today you will — come glide with us!” That’s how Normand Vidal of Fun and Roll Tours of St. Maarten, an Authorized Segway Tour, welcomes first time riders. Yes, there are many people who have yet to experience a Segway Personal Transporter (PT).

Normand, originally from Montreal, Canada, was self-employed as a Database Software Developer and Business Consultant for 20+ years. When he grew tired of the fast-paced track of his career, not to mention Canada’s cold weather, he and his wife Lorraine moved south to ‘mix it up’. By ‘mix it up’ we mean they pulled a complete 180, focused their efforts in a new direction and opened a Segway PT Tour. Normand says, “We ride Segway PTs all the time, entertain guests and we’ve never been happier!”

When asked about the most rewarding part about being a tour operator Normand replies, “Meeting someone who is nervous about taking a tour and seeing their demeanor completely transform during the experience to the point where they don’t want the tour to end because they’ve thoroughly enjoyed it! Hearing that your tour was the best part of their entire vacation never gets old. Check out the tour’s excellent reviews http://segwaytoursxm.com/review.php.

St Maarten Segway

Sun, sand and a Segway PT. It doesn’t get better.

Normand describes typical day-to-day tour operations as organized chaos. Each day is planned and organized. However, between cruise ship concierges booking tours for passengers, walk up customers and reservations being changed, the day can be hectic. He wouldn’t want it any other way though.

“The best part of this business is that every day is completely different. You never know who you’ll meet or what kind of day it will be. We welcome over 700 people a month to our tour during the high season,” Normand added. “Some of our visitors consider the tour a once in a lifetime opportunity, others return year after year to experience the thrill.”

Normand’s favorite part of the day is getting to know his guests. He’ll often sit with them after a tour, enjoying the weather, a cocktail and some conversation. He comments, “Lorraine and I have made many new friends and earned lots of repeat business. There’s great satisfaction in a job well done.”

To learn more about Fun and Roll Tours of St. Maarten, please visit their website at http://segwaytoursxm.com/.

Segway’s SE-3 Patroller Embraced by Government and Law Enforcement in Spain

Segway’s SE Personal Transporter (PT) and SE-3 Patrollers continue to be readily deployed throughout the world at a wide variety of law enforcement agencies and private security firms. Recently, Segway enjoyed some incredible success in Spain with the Madrid Police Department purchasing eight new SE-3 Patrollers, two of which have already been deployed to assist them in improving response time when patrolling large crowds in busy areas. This deployment led to Rita Barberá, Valencia’s Mayor, along with Miguel Dominguez, Councilor for Public Safety, presenting a large fleet of potential new vehicles, including the Segway SE PT, an SE-3 Patroller and Segway’s new e-bikes, to the Valencia Police Department on the esplanada de la Plaza del Ayuntamiento. In her presentation, the Mayor explained her goal to maintain a modern fleet of complementary, efficient and ecological vehicles that could easily adapt to the department’s needs and help them maintain a superior level of service.

“Madrid’s deployment can be directly linked to the opportunity to pitch Valencia’s officials on the merits of Segway’s products,” said Teresa Llorens, Segway Spain. “The impressive photos* of the extensive presentation speak for themselves. We’re very pleased with the traction we’re earning across the country.”

Click here to visit our website where you can download spec sheets, view videos, review case studies and more. To get connected with the Segway Patroller team and schedule a Patroller product demonstration, contact us at PatrollerSales@Segway.com.

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*Images provided courtesy of vlcnoticas.com.

Take a Sneak Peek at Segway’s New E-Bikes

Segway e-Bikes

Out for a ride

In October 2014, Segway unveiled a new line of electric bicycles for the European market at the International Motorcycle, Scooter and eBike Fair (Intermot) in Cologne, Germany. Here’s a couple behind the scenes sneak peek photos of our Segway e-bike shoot, which also took place in Germany.

Our e-bikes feature both Bosch and Shimano STePS mid-mount electric motors. These motors are renowned for efficiency, durability and performance. They will quietly power gears without impeding balance ensuring rider control on steeper inclines and long routes. Segway’s bikes also boast Shimano hydraulic brake and gear/shifter systems. These elements will provide riders superior hydraulic braking power to maximize safety, while also optimizing integrated gear, shift and power transfers to ensure a balanced and smooth ride.

Segway e-Bikes

In the studio

Rod Keller, President, Segway Inc. commented, “The European e-bike market continues to grow and is incredibly dynamic. We’re confident that Europeans will enthusiastically embrace Segway’s e-bikes.”

Segway’s e-bikes are designed for bicyclists of all ages and abilities that appreciate smooth, agile, quiet, environmentally friendly transportation. The line features trek, mountain, city and urban models.

European Availability

Segway, through its wide network of European distributors, is now accepting e-bike orders. The
e-bikes will start to ship from March 2015 and continue throughout the season. For more information, please contact your local distributor or email marketing@segway.com stating your country of residence.