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Making the Rounds

Segway makes covering campus easier

Robert Crossett zooms past Carson hall on a Segway HT (Human Transporter). Crossett rides the Segway for his job as a computer coordinator in the Computing Services Department.

Robert Crossett on a Segway
Photo by Joseph Mehling '69

"I use it to go to remote locations, including GreenPrint stations all around campus," says Crossett. GreenPrint is Dartmouth's distributed printing system, with more than a dozen printer workstations located around campus.

Computing Services purchased the distinctive piece of equipment about seven months ago to speed up the travel time between work locales. Crossett's job can take him to about eight sites a day, from Collis to Fairchild to Baker-Berry to the Thayer School.

According to the Segway company, based in Bedford, N.H., the HT boasts maneuverability and ease of travel on pedestrian routes. Its quiet operation and zero emissions help reduce noise and air pollution, and it can go from six to about twelve miles per hour, depending on the skill of the rider.

The Segway "transforms a person into an empowered pedestrian, allowing him or her to go farther, move more quickly and carry more than could ever be achievable walking," states the company Web site, www.segway.com.

Crossett reports that it performs well both indoors and outdoors. As to how easy it is to use, he says, "It depends on the individual. It takes some getting used to stepping up and down onto it. Once you get past the initial stiffness of riding for the first time, it becomes quite enjoyable."

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08