Segways banned on Dutch roads; cannabis and call girls remain legal

Riding a Segway on a public pathway is now illegal in the country where everything's legal.

President Bush famously topples off a Segway.

A fair number of U.S. college students have been known to make pilgrimages to Amsterdam for more than the historic value of the city: it's a well-known fact that a tantalizing number of activities that are illegal in the States are permissible or semi-legal for the Dutch. But now, according to the AP, you can't ride a Segway around on Dutch streets anymore. The "human transporters," once touted as the most significant technological advance since the Internet but now widely considered to be a universal symbol of dorkiness (its prominent role on "Arrested Development" didn't help), have been banned from public roads, bike paths, and walkways in the Netherlands.

The reason: The Segway's lack of a formal brake (you brake by leaning back) isn't in compliance with Dutch safety laws for motorized vehicles. The country's Traffic Agency has not yet approved the Segway as an authorized vehicle, and consequently the electric scooters can't be issued license plates.

So, while you may still be able to legally purchase and partake in small quantities of cannabis in the Netherlands, you can't cruise down the sidewalk on your Segway. Funny how these things work.

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