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Burlington Segway Tours Offers a New and Adventureous Approach to Exploring the City

By David Boegaard

Burlington is a land of free-thinkers -- kind folks who prefer to cut their own path. Burlington Segways allows any visitor to the city an easy way to traverse the roads, walkways and bike paths of this beautiful city without limitations. Built by a husband and wife team deeply dedicated to preserving the luscious natural environment in and around Burlington, they have contributed much to the development of the city. Efficient, engaging and just plain fun, riding a Segway through Burlington will certainly get you noticed. And it's a great way to experience the many paths around Burlington, without the strain of riding a bike.

The first time someone rides a Segway is an unforgettable experience, suggests Burlington Segway owner Rick Sharp. "You can almost see the wheels turning in their heads as their brains learn how to control these machines." It's quite unlike anything one has done before, yet perfectly natural. Suddenly one is moving about with ease as though one had been born with a Segway. "Everyone comes back to our shop with a big smile on their face," says Sharp.

But it is not only the pleasure and ease with which one learns to ride the Segway that makes Burlington Segways such a welcome treat. What's really wonderful is that the Segway allows visitors to experience much more of the city of Burlington and its surroundings.

And Sharp himself played no small part in the natural beauty of the city of Burlington. He's contributed to two major initiatives that have shaped the city. He contributed to the effort to create the Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park as spaces for public recreation rather than opening them up for hotel development. These spaces are today some of the most distinctive in the city, and major draws to the city. He was also a major participant in the battle to claim hundreds of acres of lakefront as public trust land and open it up for public use.

For Sharp, then, tours of Burlington and its beautiful natural environment are tightly interwoven with his home and much of his life's work. "I'm very proud that I had a big part in how this area came out with all these public uses instead of a luxury hotel and condominiums," Sharp says.

Some people are surprised to discover that Sharp doesn't own a private Segway. "I use our machines to take a spin on the bike path, go out to lunch, get a creemee, etc.," explains Sharp.

Many people come to Burlington to experience the thriving downtown areas and the lovely bike-trail around the city. Sharp knows that there are many ways to enjoy Burlington, but the Segway is definitely one of the best and most fun way. "The Segway is so much easier to get around downtown than a car. You can go anywhere a pedestrian can go."

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