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Segway Tourism Company Adding a Philadelphia Murals Tour

By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- An Old City company that specializes in Segway tours is now offering visitors a look at the city's world-famous murals.

Today, wearing a blue crash helmet, Mural Arts Program executive director Jane Golden stepped onto a Segway (top photo) and took a few practice runs on the sidewalk outside the Philly Tour Hub. , at 229 Arch Street.

She said she's looking forward to giving the new Segway mural tour a try.

"I think it's a great to see murals," she said.  "It's great for seeing the work up close.  You get to really interact with people in a more personal way than when you're on the trolley, as much as I like the trolleys. So I think this is fantastic. It's a great addition to our tour program."

Tour Hub president Andy Maunder says the tours will focus on the neighborhoods of Northern Liberties, Spring Garden, and Chinatown.

"Travellers see 23 murals during the two-hour tour, covering much more ground than possible on foot," he notes. "The Segway can get into side streets and alleys where murals are revealed from all angles, some of which aren't possible to see from the main streets."

Hear the extended interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 3:45)...


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