Information for participants & riders
Can I participate in a Segway tour?
You must be at least 12 years of age to participate in an approved Segway tour.
You must wear a bicycle helmet and use the Segway provided by the tour (which has its maximum speed limited to 10 km/hr). Tour routes will generally be confined to footpaths, shared paths, separated and bicycle paths and riders must give way to other vulnerable road users.
Where can I find a tourism operator?
To obtain more information about the tour or cost to participate in a Segway tour, you will need to contact participating councils directly or peform an online search for Segway tourism operators. VicRoads do not maintain a list of commercial tourism operators offering Segway tours.
Can I use my own Segway on the road or footpath?
Only Segways supplied by a commercial Segway tour operator can be used as part of a supervised tour.
Personal Segways or EPTs can only be used on private property with permission from the land owner. You cannot use them on places such as roads, footpaths, nature strips, bicycle paths, public parks or public car parks.
What road rules apply to an EPT rider?
An EPT rider must stay on an approved footpath, nature strip, bicycle path or shared path and have proper control of the device at all times, giving way to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians.
The following information is from the Road Safety Road Rules 2009. You can view these rules by following the instructions on how to locate them on our Road Management Act, regulations and codes page.
A person using an EPT must:
- keep as far to the left as possible (within reason)
- give way to other pedestrians
- keep out of the path of any bicycle
- obey bicycle crossing lights where applicable
- wear an approved bicycle helmet
- be 12 years of age or older
- use the shortest safe route to cross a road
- obey a ‘no electric personal transporters’ sign
A person using an EPT must not:
- travel on a road if there is a bicycle path, footpath, nature strip or shared path unless it is not possible to do so
- travel on a road that has;
- a dividing line or median strip, or
- a speed-limit greater than 50km/h, or
- on a one-way road with more than one marked lane
- travel on a road or road related area at night
- travel alongside more than one other pedestrian or vehicle travelling in the same direction unless overtaking a pedestrian
- use a mobile phone while the EPT is moving unless making or receiving a phone call or to use its audio/music function and the phone;
- is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the electric personal transporter, or
- can be operated without touching any part of the phone and the phone is not resting on any part of the person
- travel on a road or road related area unless the electric personal transporter has at least one effective brake, and a bell, horn or similar warning device in working order.
Feedback from tour participants
You may be asked to participate in a short survey so we along with councils can collect information for use when evaluating the trial periodically and to further refine the legal framework around EPT use.
Information for Tourism Operators
I own a tourism business. How can I participate in the trial?
To be involved in a trial, commercial tour operators can initially contact our contact centre on 13 11 71.
We can then advise the level of interest from the relevant local council. If this information is not available, you will be required to approach the relevant local council or shire to find out whether they can take part in a trial. Once you have received the support of local council in writing, and a suitable tour route/area has been nominated and agreed by council, please emailed us on EPTemail@example.com and an application form can be sent out.
With all information in place, we can then have them declare and approve in a Victorian Government Gazette. Once the gazette has been published, and once you have obtained all the other council permit(s), such as trading licenses, you can start your supervised EPT tourism trial.
Information for councils/land managers
Are there opportunities for other councils / land managers to come on board?
Yes, interested councils and land managers can contact us to get a specific route approved for a trial. Please contact our contact centre on 13 11 71 or email us on EPTfirstname.lastname@example.org for further information.