The popularity of Segways has spread across many cities, from personal use to guided tours, and has become popular amongst tourists. While seemingly ecological and convenient, such popularity has incurred many problems in coexisting with pedestrians. As Barcelona welcomes increasing numbers of tourists each year, complaints surrounding overcrowding from residents living in the city centre continue to increase. As a result, the city council has addressed issues surrounding the increased use of personal transportation on the seafront, issuing a temporary ban of Segways until October 1st to help with decongestion.
The ban comes as part of several efforts to reduce the adverse effects of tourism—the council has previously cracked down on Airbnb and hotel licenses and placed restrictions on bar crawls. It is expected that Segways will return to Barcelona’s seafront as the influx of tourists calms with the end of summer.
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