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Segway to work? You soon can in Canberra

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Jennifer Rajca

Some people drive to work, others walk and soon in the nation's capital you can make the journey on your very own Segway.

The territory government announced changes to Segway regulations on Thursday, with ACT Consumer Affairs Minister Shane Rattenbury trying one out for himself.

The two-wheeled gliders will soon be permitted on footpaths, shared paths and some roads around Canberra, where there are no paths or nature strips.

"We were the first jurisdiction to legalise and regulate ridesharing services, and now we are taking a leading approach to the use of Segways," Mr Rattenbury said.

The vehicles will be generally treated as pedestrians, but riders will have to wear an approved bicycle helmet and have lights, reflectors and a bell fitted.

A review into Segway use found there no reasonable basis for prohibiting them from being used on footpaths in the ACT.

But the use of Segways will be restricted to guided tour companies until the government develops regulation changes next year.

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