ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- City commissioners are fielding a growing number of complaints regarding the increased number of Segway tours in the nation's oldest city.
"They always think they have the right of way and it's almost offensive," said one pedestrian.
Someone even sent photos to city officials of a tour group driving past "do not enter" signs and riding their personal motorized vehicles the wrong way on a one-way street.
"Citizens have brought it to my attention and I've had personal experience with Segways on the streets," said Nancy Sikes-Kline, St. Augustine's Vice-Mayor.
She said she has seen the tours in action and worries about pedestrians possibly getting injured.
"We just want to make it safe for everyone to enjoy the city," said Sikes-Kline.
Fearing for the safety of riders and pedestrians, the full city commission ordered a safety study into how stricter rules can govern Segways. Ron Brown, St. Augustine's City Attorney, told Action News that his office is looking all the way to South Florida for a possible solution.
Miami Beach recently passed an ordinance to levy hefty fines on riders and rental shops whose Segway vehicles exceed 6 miles per hour. Segways can normally reach speeds of 12 miles per hour.
"Of course we would comply while we would challenge [if] the law is necessary," said Keith Richardson, owner of St. Augustine Bike Rentals which is one of the city's three main Segway tour businesses.
City Attorney Brown said he'll submit a proposal to regulate Segways to city commissioners by the end of September.