Segway tours spotlight award-winning Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
BY CARON CONWAY LEAD CORRESPONDENT
Fun-seekers of all ages can explore Hollywood Beach’s award-winning Broadwalk in a unique way on one of Ultimate Florida Tours’ popular Segway tours. Company owner Jonathan Rosen promises “an experience of a lifetime on one of the world’s coolest machines” – and online reviewers agree. In fact, tours on the Segway Personal Transporter are the #2-rated activity in Hollywood on leading travel website TripAdvisor. “Everybody always has a great time. Even people in their 80s love it because they never thought they could do it,” said Rosen, who will offer a complimentary lesson to prove his point. “People think they have to be like a circus animal, but it’s way easier than riding a bike.” The Segway PT-i2, a self-balancing single-rider machine, remains unaffected by a recent change to the municipal beach ordinances that prohibits vehicles that are not operated exclusively by human power or expressly allowed by state or federal law. Segways are permitted on 25-mph streets, sidewalks and bike paths, provided the operator yields the right of way to pedestrians.
Segway enthusiasts are drawn to the adventurous yet safe nature of the batterypowered vehicles, which can reach speeds up to 12.5 mph. Operators go forward by leaning and putting weight on their toes, and stop by leaning back and shifting their weight to their heels. “It’s very safe because it’s connected to
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American Planning Association (APA). Segway tours can be reserved between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily and start at $24.95 per person for a 20-minute ride. A one-hour, 4-mile excursion is available for $59.95 and includes ice cream and pizza and an optional backstreet ride at top speed. A two-hour, 8-mile excursion also includes a visit to the Dania Beach Pier for $89.95. An hour-long night tour is available for $79.95 per person, and one- and two-hour comedy tours featuring funny impersonations of various celebrities through provided headsets will be added in January. Parties of five or more people receive a 10 percent group discount. Rosen introduced Segway tours with a business partner in Deerfield Beach in August 2012 before the 23-year-old entrepreneur opened his own company on Hollywood Beach last February. “I thought it was a beautiful location and a really good market,” said Rosen, citing the proximity of both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. Florida Tours also books a variety of excursions, including jet ski rentals, JetLev rides, fishing charters, and helicopter, airboat, kayak and guided paddleboard eco tours. For more information, call 954-903-7049 or visit www. ultimatefloridatours.com.
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