Segway Sales Surge. Thanks OPEC!

Segway Sales Surge. Thanks OPEC! 1Apparently the recent surge in gasoline prices has made many Americans rethink their transportation habits.

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, “sales at Segway Inc. have risen to an all-time high,” and CEO Jim Norrod says “he expects sales this quarter to jump 50% from a year earlier, versus a 25% year-over-year increase in the first quarter.”

Where are these new Segway sales coming from? Several Colleges and Universities including New York’s Syracuse University and the University of Kansas are saving gas money by purchasing Segways for their campus police. And the next time you get a parking ticket in Aurora, Ill. (you were planning on getting a ticket there right?), it will probably be by a parking enforcement officer riding a Segway.

And that leads us to this photo of Mathew Mitnitsky and his pizza delivery Segway. Matthew owns Nonni’s Italian Eatery in Concord, N.H. To help cut back on both gasoline and insurance costs, he customized a Segway and added a pizza box tray.

So are Segways cool again? No. But that won’t stop some people from trying to fix the Segway’s “geek” status. And people like the Lazy Segway Mom [pic] definitely don’t help.