Segway Speeds Through State Legislatures

The much-hyped Segway Human Transporter is "quietly racing through America's state legislatures at a pace that belies its 12mph top speed," writes PR Week. In the five months since its unveiling, 23 states have passed laws allowing the computerized scooter to roll down sidewalks, among other things. "The routine is simple and oft-repeated," PR Weeks reports. "Matthew Dailida, Segway's manager of state government affairs, travels state to state with his ready-made legislation and, often, a Segway in tow. Through the help of a local government-relations shop -- and a few joy rides for elected officials -- the legislation is put into play, usually overcoming the resistance of safety advocates with ease." Segway says it has spent less than $1 million on the campaign.