A SEGWAY is no longer just a way of changing the topic, the Queensland Government believes it is a legitimate form of transportation.

In what is believed to be a first in Australia, the LNP is allowing Segway riders to hop on to footpaths and bikeways as long as a proper helmet is worn.

Of course, the proper helmet is only required if it does not impinge on the user's religious beliefs after exceptions to government regulation was made on Tuesday.

For those in the dark, a Segway is "two-wheeled, self-balancing vehicle", which looks like a plank with wheels and a handle.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the change would open up opportunity for guided tours for visitors.

"Currently some tourist operators in Queesland use a Segway for guided tours however our changes mean anyone at any time is able to use a Segway on footpaths and bikeways," he said.

The plan has the support of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

Regulations will be changed to allow Segway access in the latter half of the year.

*The video above, of course, has nothing to do with this story. But it's the first thing that pops into our heads when we hear the word Segway.

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