Segway and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices
Segway type devices are not allowed in UF facilities unless as a mobility device by people with disabilities. Under the new ADA guidelines (2010 Revised Requirements) Segway devices are now included in devices for use by people with disabilities.
These criteria state that wheelchairs and “other power-driven mobility devices” must be permitted to be used unless the university can demonstrate that “other power-driven mobility devices,” Segway motorized vehicles in particular, would fundamentally alter its programs, services, or activities, create a direct threat, or create a safety hazard.
Segway Use by Individuals with Disabilities Inside UF Facilities
- Speed not to exceed pedestrian walking speed.
- Stay to the right at all times – no passing or weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic.
- Segway devices not permitted in sporting venues during events such as UF football games, O’Connell Center events (unless O’Connell Center staff clear the use for a particular event) and other large capacity events.
Authorized UF personnel (police, qualified O’Connell Center staff, qualified UF Administrators – only those trained by the UF ADA Office) may ask the person using a Segway to provide credible assurance that the mobility device is required because of a disability. A credible assurance would be any one of the following: visible disability (amputee, loss of limb, oxygen tank or other visible disability with brace, crutches, cane, etc.); a valid, state issued disability parking placard or registration card, or other state issued proof of disability (ID Card). Please DO NOT ask the person’s disability.
Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices
Allowing mobility devices into a facility and around campus is another type of “reasonable modification” necessary to accommodate people who have disabilities.
People with mobility, circulatory, or respiratory disabilities use a variety of devices for mobility. Some use walkers, canes, crutches, or braces while other use manual or power wheelchairs or electric scooters, all of which are primarily designed for use by people with disabilities. Public entities must allow people with disabilities who use these devices into all areas where the public is allowed to go.
Advances in technology have given rise to new power-driven devices that are not necessarily designed specifically for people with disabilities, but are being used by some for mobility. The term “other power-driven mobility devices” is used in the ADA regulations to refer to any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines, for purposes of locomotion. Such devices include Segways, golf cars, and other devices designed to operate in non-pedestrian areas. Public entities must allow individuals with disabilities who use these devices into all areas where the public is allowed to go, unless the entity can demonstrate that the particular device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements. (Retrieved 6/10/2015 from www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/title_ii_primer.html)
The University of Florida will look at each request for “Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices” on an individual basis and make an informed judgement about whether to allow the device based on the following criteria:
- Type, size, weight, dimensions, and speed of the device;
- The volume of pedestrian traffic (which may vary at different times of the day, week, month or year);
- The facility’s design and operational characteristics, such as its square footage, whether it is indoors or outdoors, the placement of stationary equipment, devices, or furniture, and whether it has storage space for the device if requested by the individual; and
- Whether the use of the device creates a substantial risk of serious harm to the environment or natural or cultural resources or poses a conflict with Federal land management laws and regulations. (Retrieved 6/10/2015 from www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/title_ii_primer.html)
No gas or combustion operated vehicles are allowed inside University of Florida buildings.
Register your Segway
Contact the ADA Compliance Office to register your device (no cost).
Russ Froman, Ed. D.