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May 14, 2011 5:31 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Segways allowed on Rio Grande Trail

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado trail popular with hikers now allows Segways, but not other motorized vehicles.

The Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Glenwood Springs has a new policy on small electric-powered vehicles to make the trail accessible to the disabled. New rules approved by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority limit vehicles to 150 pounds, 32 inches wide and a top speed of 20 mph.

The Aspen Daily News reports that non-disabled trail users won't be allowed to use Segways. Trail employees can seek "credible assurance" that people using motorized vehicles have an impairment that requires the use.

The Segway rule was intended to make the trail more accessible without allowing ATVs, snowmobiles or other motorized vehicles hikers oppose. The rules don't cover electric bicycles, which the Authority will consider later.
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Information from: Aspen Daily News,
http://www.aspendailynews.com


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