BARCELONA SEGWAY TOUR 60 MINUTES
Overview Segway Tour
Explore Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella on this 60-minute introductory Segway Tour. Accompanied by a local guide, you will ride through the picturesque urban park and discover remarkable monuments such as the former citadel’s chapel and the beautiful pavilions of the 1888 world exhibition. This tour’s highlight is the visit to “Cascada Fountain”, the park’s ostentatious fountain co-designed by Antoni Gaudí.
- Duration: 60 min
- Departure: Daily at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 6pm
- Prices: 35 EUR per person
- Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian and more
- Please note:
At least 1 person is required to book this tour
Small groups: 2 to 6 people
Children aged 9 years old and under are not allowed on this tour
Riders must be able to make motions such as climbing and descending stairs without assistance
We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes. In winter warm clothes and appropriate clothing in case of rain.
Gliders must stand at least 110cm in height, having a weight between 35 and 120,20 kgs (77 y 265 lb), do not exceed 265 lbs / 120,20 kgs and be at least 9 years old. We strongly recommend that expectant mothers do not participate in any segway activities for their own safety and the safety of their child.
Our 60-minute Segway Tour starts below the Arc de Triomf, one of the city's most emblematic landmarks, constructed as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. After a brief training to get familiar with your Segway, the tour leads you to the natural paradise of Parc de la Ciutadella, so named by the citadel of Barcelona, built by Philip V and once the largest fortress in Europe.
Learn about centenary buildings such as the “Castell dels Tres Dragons” in an enjoyable and original manner.
Admire the chapel, now the Military Parish Church of Barcelona, and stop for photos next to the Governor's palace and the arsenal, that currently hosts the Catalan Parliament.
You will be delighted to discover the glorious “Cascada”, inaugurated in 1881, which was constructed with the collaboration of the famous Antoni Gaudí. At the time he was still an unknown student of architecture but today he has become an essential reference for Catalonian Modernism. This is the perfect place for a group picture.
Have fun riding across the park to discover other constructions that can be seen today such as the Pavilions designed for the Universal Exposition of 1888.
Wheeling your Segway down along the edge of the Park, you will have a glance at the zoo of Barcelona, home to one of the most significant collections of animals in Europe.
Enjoy your last ride cruising through the Passeig de Lluís Companys before returning to the starting point.
Things To Bring
- Comfortable shoes and clothes
- Local guide
- Use of a Segway and helmet
- Basic training
- Bottle of water
- Meet your guide below the Arc de Triomf, close to the big city park Ciutadella.
- Tour Operator's office near Arc de Trionf
HOW SEGWAY WORKS
DESIGNED FROM FEET TO HEAD
Segway PT (Segway Personal Transporter) has self-balance due to a technology called dynamic stabilisation. Dynamic Stabilisation works much like your own sense of balance. Where you have an inner ear, eyes, muscles and a brain to keep you in balance, the Segway PT has solid gyroscopes, tilt sensors, high-speed microprocessors and powerful electric motors that work to keep you balanced. Working together, these redundant and widely evaluated systems perceive their centre of gravity, instantly evaluate information, and make adjustments a hundred times per second. Segway PT is balanced whether you are travelling at 16 km / h, carry a heavy load, doing slow manoeuvres in tight spaces or staying perfectly still.
TAKE AHEAD, GO FORWARD
The Segway PT intuitively balances in the same way that humans do - moving forward and backwards, responding to changes in their body posture. No accelerator or brakes. Lean forward and move forward. Get straight and stand up. Lean back and move backwards. To rotate, turn the steering knob in any direction. The operation is natural, intuitive and one of the main reasons the Segway PT effortlessly integrates different situations, environments with pedestrians and everyday life.
SCIENCE BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY
When Dean Kamen unveiled the Segway PT (Segway Personal Transporter) on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, he described the machine as "the world's first human transporter with its own balance". When you look at the moving machine, you get an idea of what you are talking about.
Unlike a car, the Segway only has two wheels - it looks like a handcart - yet it manages to stay upright by itself. To move forward or backwards on the Segway PT, the user only has to lean slightly forward or backwards. To turn left or right, the user simply has to turn the directional control left or right.
DESIGNED TO GO WHERE YOU WANT IT TO GO
The Segway PT is agile and elegant and can operate on a wide variety of terrains. Slopes, grass, slopes and soil are no obstacle to your ability to go wherever you want. Just like a person walking, all that a Segway PT needs is traction to operate in virtually any environment. The Segway PT has been engineered to operate under a variety of conditions. Its batteries, electronic parts, motors and all other components are sealed and protected climate changes. The Segway PT has been extensively tested to withstand vibrations, temperature changes and exposure to moisture.
THE DYNAMICS OF STABILIZATION
The ability to balance itself is the most striking aspect of the Segway PT and is the key to its operation. To understand how this system works, it helps if we consider Kamen's model for the apparatus - the human body. If you stand up and lean forward so that you lose your balance, you probably will not fall on your face. Your brain knows that you are unbalanced because the fluid in your ear is moving, so it makes you move your leg forward to avoid falling. If you continue to lean forward, your brain will continue to put its legs forward to hold it upright. Instead of falling, you walk forward, one step at a time. Like your brain, the Segway knows when you lean forward. To maintain balance, rotate the wheels at the proper speed, so you move forward. Segway calls this behaviour dynamic stabilisation and has patented the unique process that allows the Segway PT to balance only on two wheels.
THE BRAIN AND THE FORCE
At its most basic, the Segway PT is a combination of a series of sensors, a control system and a driving system. In this section, we will look at each of these elements. The main sensor system is a group of gyroscopes. A basic gyroscope is a rotating wheel within a stable frame. A rotating object resists changes in its rotational axes because an applied force moves along with the same object. If pushed at a point on the top of the rotating wheel, for example, that point moves toward the front of the wheel while still feeling the force that has been applied. As the point of force continues to move, it ends by applying force to the opposite ends of the wheel - the force balances itself.
Due to its resistance to external force, a gyroscope wheel will maintain its position in space (relative to the ground), even if it tilts. But the frame of the gyroscope will move freely in space. When measuring the position of the rotating wheel of the gyroscope relative to the frame, a precise sensor may notice the inclination of an object (the inclination it has relative to the vertical position) in addition to the tilt speed (how fast it is tilting). A conventional gyroscope would be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain in this type of position.