Barcelona town hall has banned riding Segways on Passeig Maritim, the main seaside promenade of the town. At present the veto will be enforced until 1st October and includes the entire length of the street, from the W Hotel to the Olympic Port. The locals, who associate the electric scooters with tourists, have received the news approvingly. Apart from the obvious upsides (easy to ride, noiseless, harmless to the environment) this means of transportation has its downsides as well: weighing over 40 kg and achieving up to 50 km/h it can be a real threat for pedestrians. This situation is complicated by the fact that even international law does not share an accepted opinion as to where Segways should be allowed to circulate. On regular roads, bicycle or pedestrian paths? To gain time to make a decision, the authorities have put in place a ban, which though temporary, is nevertheless harsh. Penalties will be incurred by Segway fans. The minimum fine for any unlucky “driver” who comes too close to the beach will amount to 90 euros. Speeding and other anti-social behaviour is going to cost as much as 1,125 euros.