If you want to see the Portsmouth murals in comfort and not have to rub your sore feet afterwards, or wish you could back your car up and look at one of them again, the only way is Segway. Justin Ridout has opened Scioto Segway, at 132 Second St., in Portsmouth; you can’t miss it — literally.
“If you come across the Second Street bridge from the west side, you’ll run right into us. We’re right by the Bridge Carry out,” Gene Ridout, a familiar face at Scioto Segway said.
In today’s world, lifestyle is everything. Segway’s line of personal mobility products allows you to travel conveniently, quickly, greenly and most importantly – fashionably. It’s that two wheel thing you simply stand on and let it get you where you want to go.
“We have eight Segway machines and we rent those out for $30 for the grand tour,” Ridout said. “Our grand tour consists of the Ohio River. And you can stop and take pictures anywhere you want. We run part of the (Shawnee State University) campus, so visitors can see what kind of campus we have. We come back and we tour all the murals and then we go to Alexandria Park and tour it.”
Ridout said the tour of the murals by themselves, known as the mini tour, is $20.
What’s the advantage of taking a tour on a Segway?
“You can go visit all these murals. You can go wherever you want to go, and when you come back, you’re not a bit tired,” Ridout said. “You’re just as comfortable as you were when you left here.”
In addition to comfort, riding a Segway is fun.
“It is a lot of fun,” Ridout said. “You will never experience any more fun than you will on a Segway.”
Ridout cautioned the Segway is not a toy. The price of each machine was $7,500.
Ridout said the Segway “has a mind of its own.” That’s why you are required to watch a short video and put on a helmet, which they supply and an orange nylon vest, before you leave the premises.
“We had the (Portsmouth) Police Department here to look at our safety program and there was not a problem at all,” Ridout said. “We want this thing to be safe for everybody. At the same time, we want them to have fun. That’s what it’s all about.”
People have come from such cities as Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Ironton and, of course, Portsmouth.
Scioto Segway is open at noon until 8 or 9 p.m. They close on Monday and Tuesday.
“As long as people want to tour this, we’re going to stay here for them,” Ridout said. “Normally, if it’s 5 or 6 o’clock (p.m.) and we don’t have any calls coming in, we’ll lock it up and go home.”
Is early evening a good time to tour the murals on a Segway?
“It really is,” Ridout said. “It’s not hot. We provide water to them. They’ve got their little pouches so they can take water with them if it’s a hot day and they get stuck in the heat. Evening time tours are really nice.”
You can contact Scioto Segway at 740-353-TOUR (8786).
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.