Segways to Keep Terrorizing the Sidewalks of Philadelphia

While bikes are ghettoized in their bike lanes, everyone’s least favorite two-wheeled monsters have permission to roam free among the pedestrians, the city has declared. Here’s Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler, explaining the decision:

We have no data that shows us there have been any accidents with them, either vehicular or pedestrian, no complaints relative to near-misses, or anything else regarding Segways. What it tells me is that they are probably not a public safety issue at this point…I think that pedesterians run a greater risk of safety issues because they’re distracted and won’t left their heads up from their smartphones.

What, we’re going to let data determine whether these monstrous Vespas-for-the-obese should pollute our lovely sidewalks? [CBS 3]