The city of Tulsa reversed a rule that banned a certain motorized scooter [pictured] on sidewalks, all because of one man's efforts.
Vic Poole's efforts paid off because he can now use his "Segway Human Transporter" anywhere he wants - even on city sidewalks. News on Six reporter Emory Bryan has the story.
Vic and Karen Poole cherish every day nice enough for a walk. Vic has Lou Gehrigs disease - and though he can't walk very far - he can ride almost forever on a Segway. It's a new invention and he's the only person in Tulsa with one. "Granted if I could use my legs, I would still walk, but I must admit these are fun. You feel like a 10 year old kid when you're on it."
It's given him the freedom to keep going - to enjoy his family, and the time he has left. "Well hopefully I've paved the way for people who are healthy and people who are handicapped to go out and enjoy their life a little bit more, there is another avenue that, piece of technology you can use to improve your quality of life."
And while Vic Poole is using his to help with his medical condition - EMSA plans to use a pair of them to help deliver medical care. Chuck Smith with EMSA: "Here at EMSA we're going to use them for special events. Anybody who has been to state fair remembers the masses out there. The big benefit to this is that it lifts you up about 8 inches."
That extra height has some appeal for people unaccustomed to it. For now - only certain agencies can buy them, but a consumer model will come out this summer priced at about $5000.
Vic Poole got his through persistence - a drive he says to keep moving while he can at least stand. He knows one day he'll have to use a wheelchair - but for now - he likes a good walk.