The Netherlands is a flat country that uses a lot of bikes. However, right now, they are arguing over whether the Segway is safe to use. Segways are scooters that are battery powered and self balanced. They go by the movement of the driver, so if I move forward on it, then it will go forward. The Segways are very easy to use, but they are kind of expensive. Segways do not have brakes, and that is why they are arguing over the use of these scooters in the Netherlands.
You see, the Netherlands is a part of the EU—so they have to follow EU rules. And the EU is saying that these scooters must be classified as mopeds. Mopeds are supposed to be used in the streets, so if these were mopeds, they would be roaming around in the streets. The Netherlands wants to allow Segways to be used on bike paths. That brings us back to: "Should Segways be allowed in the Netherlands?"
Here’s what we think:
So what do you think? Should the Netherlands be allowed to have Segways on their bike paths or are these machines too dangerous?
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Image retrieved from http://www.t3.co.uk/__data/assets/image/57083/SegwayXT_302.jpg on November 20, 2007.