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Segway tours

What: Fort Wayne business Ultrazone now offers a new attraction: Tour Fort Wayne. These guided Segway tours explore downtown and, in the future, other areas of the city.
Cost: $25 per person the first hour; $13 each additional hour.
Etc. Ages 13 and older, 100-pound minimum, with adult companion. Tours will be offered by appointment and can be customized.
Contact information: Phone: 433-6155; website:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 8:49 am

Now residents and visitors have a new way to see favorite Fort Wayne sites and attractions.

Don't be surprised when you see small fleets of Segways breezing along sideways and trails.

For those who don't know, Segways are two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicles that provide a fun mode of transportation.

They look tricky but aren't really. Once the Segway's power is on the user steps on it, and the Segway does the balancing via gyroscopic and fluid-based leveling sensors. Lean forward to go forward, lean backward to go back. To turn, the press the handlebar to the left or right.

Segway tours already are popular in bigger cities; an Indianapolis business offers them downtown at White River State Park.

The Segway tours are a new venture of Ultrazone, a laser tag and arcade party center. Called Tour Fort Wayne, the Segway tours will use established walkways and trails. Two tour guides will assist groups of up to eight people. They'll meet at a designated starting spot, begin with about 15 minutes of instruction and practice, and then set out, according to a news release from Pat O'Connor, president of Tour Fort Wayne.

According to O'Connor, most people master the Segway in about five minutes.

The group then sets out single file, with a tour guide in the front and one in the back. Initial tours will be downtown and include places such as Headwaters Park and the River Greenway trails, according to the release. The tour guide will point out historical sites, interesting architecture and pretty views.

The news release gave an example of a sample tour that would start at Harrison and Superior streets for training, then go past the Allen County Courthouse, Parkview Field, double back to go past the History Center, on to the path that goes by the Old Fort, and eventually wind up at the starting point. That two-hour historic tour would cost $48 per person (introductory offer) and then will go up to $60.