the article does make a lot of sense, if one takes the segways out of consideration for a moment. the layout of canberra is based on the notion of the car as the great liberator, and the far-flung residential suburbs scattered around a central zone bifurcated by the lake are a testament to those innocent days.
while the "perspiration" comment has taken traction, the real issue in my opinion is the sheer distances. to go from tugganerong in the south to the city, for example is (from memory) about 30 kilometres. so that makes it a 60 kilometre round trip each day. that is not something the cycling newcomer can do just like that- it takes a lot of working up to the level of cycling fitness to ride those distances day in, day out. that is simply too large a step for many. the ebike offers a solution. i have a friend who rides one from tugganerong to dickson, which is north of the city. i seem to recall it is 37 kilometres each way. on the ebike that is very do-able. on a bike where the rider is the only motor, it would be far more difficult.
so the ebike is an approach which provides fitness opportunities for riders, takes cars off the roads, and therefore surely should fall under the heading of "a good thing".
in relation to segways, i can't see any relationship between those and long-distance commuting. they are simply too slow. i have also seen the rider on the segway on the myt, but he wasn't frowning at that time. perhaps he had it under control by then...
By the way, Roshea- great image!
getting older but still enjoying cycling