New York City has always been surrounded with controversy in regards to electric motor operated vehicles. In fact, Segways have always been banned in New York City. This month, Governor Cuomo signed a bill that battery assisted scooters will be allowed on the streets of New York starting this summer. The pressure to sign that bill came from the fact that during this COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of delivery guys need that batter assistance which has been banned for years and in fact subject to a $500 NYPD ticket.
The move from Governor Cuomo was a major step in modernizing the way New Yorkers move around the city. The legislation was also recognized by Transportation Alternatives - the voice for biking safety and eco-friendly transportation alternatives in New York.
Central Park Tours, a local tour company offering guided tours and rentals in Central Park, is in talks with Segway to introduce an innovative touring solution. In collaboration with Segway, Central Park will bring battery operated segways that can go around the whole park and help people with disabilities to explore the beauty of the park. For a long time carriages and pedicabs in Central Park have been a great option to see the park but they are often costly and occasionally stigmatized due to animal cruelty concerns or other issues.
Central Park Tours and Segway are closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and hopefully will be able to launch those battery powered scooters by the end of 2020.
Central Park Tours has also been working on providing foldable kayaks and combining bike tours with kayaking classes in the Hudson river.