SAN DIEGO — Across San Diego, Segway tours are a popular way for tourists and locals alike to get a unique view of the city.
Last week, the San Diego City Council almost unanimously passed new rules for Segway tours after a $1.7-million payout last year to a rider injured in La Jolla and a separate wrongful death lawsuit from a crash in Old Town.
Now, those potential new regulations for operators have some complaining they could be put out of the business.
Bridgette Bisogno operates Adventures in San Diego Tours. She loves her job in which she teaches people about San Diego while riding a Segway, but she fears her business will be brought to a screeching halt.
Her company will now be required to follow new safety rules, acquire comprehensive liability insurance, and indemnify the city against any potential lawsuits.
“I feel like Segway tours are being singled out. They’re now taking small business owners and making us responsible for the streets and sidewalks. That is their responsibility to fix,” she said.
News 8 reached out to City Councilmember Scott Sherman for comment. He voted in favor of the new rules.
In a statement he said:
"After the city was forced to pay out nearly $2 million in lawsuit settlements resulting from a Segway tour operation accident, it became obvious that Segway tours fell through the cracks when it came to city insurance requirements. It's not fair to San Diego taxpayers to pick up the tab for uninsured Segway tour businesses."