Five men tear down the sidewalk along North Shore Drive in St. Petersburg, Fla. The group cackles like a villainous biker gang from a Charles Bronson movie. With the mist of Tampa Bay against their faces, they force women to reel in their dogs and bikers to peddle on grass.
The ruffians cruise at 12 mph past the million-dollar homes of the Old Historic Northeast neighborhood north of downtown.
They are kings of the sidewalk. These men ride Segways.
These men — I am one of them — are part of a guided Segway tour along a stretch of St. Petersburg’s Tampa Bay beachfront.
The tour departs from the St. Petersburg Museum of History at the entrance to the Pier.
We go through an intense five-minute training session learning how to use the gray personal transports. Read more