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Segway sales up

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(Read caption) Tourists ride through a Washington, DC, intersection on Segways. According to Capital Segway, which sells the devices and offers tours of the city, recent sales have doubled in the Washington area.

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I have to admit this one surprised me. Over the past month or so, I've written about how Americans, in response to record gas prices, are now driving less, buying scooters, working four-day weeks, eschewing gas-guzzlers, driving slower, snapping up hybrids, and taking the train more.

But Segways?

Sure enough, the Associated Press is reporting that the electric two-wheeled self-balancing personal transporters are flying off the shelves, or whatever they put them on, in record numbers.

While Segway Inc. declines to release its sales figures, the AP quotes two dealers who have seen banner months for the Segway, which retails for around $5,000. A spokeswoman for the company told the AP that dealers have seen an increase of 30 to 40 percent in "walk-in traffic," and the CEO predicts a sales growth rate of 40 to 50 percent for this year.

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