Visitors get creative about getting around downtown during RNC

Posted at 3:46 PM, Jul 20, 2016

As we’ve seen this week with the Republican National Convention, it’s tricky to get around downtown Cleveland. So, people are getting creative by using Segways, skateboards, and bicycles.

We noticed one of the racks of University Hospital bicycles was half empty and we could see some of those bright green bikes parked in various spots downtown.

We caught up with Patrick Bain, Linda Dear, and Karl Johnson all rolling through town on their Segways. Bain and Dear are from Canada and are on their honeymoon here in Cleveland during the RNC. Johnson is from Cleveland and is always up for a Segway ride. “I live on the other side of the river in Ohio City and I commute every morning on my Segway,” said Johnson.  “So, I say I come to work and I play.”

Bain told us the Segway is easily handled. “It’s pretty accessible. It maneuvers really well. And overall the city’s pretty smooth so it’s really great to ride.”

Dear mentioned their Segway experience has put thoughts into her new husband’s head. “ First thing he asked was, you know we have to get these now right? We have to get one when we get home,” she laughed.

We also ran into Jaime Gallagher striding along with his skateboard on Euclid Avenue. He told us the crowds and traffic have been “ridiculous” with the RNC in town. He said he tried to us the bus system, but he was in a hurry so he improvised a bit. “It was moving so slow. I got off at E. 6th. and I was able to ride my skateboard right to the bank. It was quick as possible. It was unbelievable,” said Gallagher.  “I like Euclid right here because I can ride where it says bus only and I can just zoom right by while everybody is sitting there,” he added.

Just remember skateboards and roller blades are illegal to ride on downtown sidewalks. Gallagher told us in the past he got a $220 ticket and learned that the hard way.