06/29/2012 09:33 am ET

Lakefront Segway Ban? Chicago Alderman Proposes Fining Riders Near Shoreline

For many Chicagoans and visiting tourists, Segway tours along the lakefront allow them to take in all of the city's sights with none of the physical exertion.

But for cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers and others trying to share the space, combining their bulk with an audience likely to make frequent photo-op stops can be a recipe for disaster.

With that in mind, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has proposed banning the electric one-person vehicles from the lakefront path, the Chicago Tribune reports. Violators would face a fine ranging between $25 and $200, according to Reilly's model.

Reilly is moving away from Segways at the same time Illinois' capital city is reinvesting in the gadgets. The Springfield Police recently received four new batteries purchased with the city's corporate fund to repair their two vehicles, which have been out of circulation since the batteries died in 2007, the State Journal-Register reports.

Chicago's ban wouldn't apply to police and other officials based on Reilly's proposal, according to ABC Chicago.

Would a Segway ban help or hurt your experience on the lakefront? Let us know in the comments.

Flickr photo by Chris Friese