Jonathan Gleich

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Jonathan Gleich in 2006

Jonathan Gleich (born October 19, 1958) is a Segway activist who has fought traffic tickets issued as a result of his use of the Segway in his commute to New York City.[1]

Life experiences[edit]

Weight loss[edit]


Gleich lost over 250 lbs after having Lap band surgery.[2] Gleich is writing a book about his weight loss experience, with a working title of Chronic Masticator.

Technology experience[edit]

Gleich was one of the first Segway enthusiasts in the New York area, logging more than 10,000 miles.[3] Using his Segway to commute to work every day has landed him several moving violations, followed by subsequent appearances in court to defend them.[1][2][4][5]

In 1979, using an Apple II Plus computer, Gleich co-founded an NYC BBS called Earth News. He expanded it to be the first multi-user (3 user) system running on a Corvus. In 1985, he started ENetwork using a Galacticomm system that supported 16 users simultaneously, and had over 700 active members.[6]

Current projects[edit]

Gleich won first prize in the Motorized Float division[7] at the 2009 Coney Island Mermaid Parade appearing as Zoltar (from the film Big) on his Segway.[8][9] In 2008 he won third place[10] as a "Segway Pirate."[11]

Gleich has been a contributing writer to the website ( He was featured:


  1. ^ a b Lombardi, Frank (2009-08-18). "Segway Driver Keeps Motoring". Daily News. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  2. ^ a b Tucker, Becca (2008-06-11). "Full Tilt Boogie". NYPress. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  3. ^ Lipkin, Michael (2008-07-16). "Freedom rider — on a Segway!". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  4. ^ Gallahue, Patrick (2007-05-07). "City Gives My Scoot The Boot". NY Post. Archived from the original on 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  5. ^ Chung, Jen (2007-05-07). "Segways Still Ride On the Wrong Side of the Law". The Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  6. ^ "4kkqAAAAMAAJ". A+ Magazine. Ziff-Davis. 4. 15 May 1986. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  7. ^ Vita, Tricia (July 6, 2009). "Q & A with Zoltar: Coney Island Mermaid Parade's Best Fortunetelling Float!". Amusing the Zillion. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  8. ^ Ragan, Sean Michael (2009-09-14). "Rolling Zoltar costume based on a Segway". Make Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  9. ^ Wilson, Mark (2009-09-15). "We Didn't Know Zoltar Drove a Segway!". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  10. ^ "Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2008 Winners". Archived from the original on July 2, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2009.
  11. ^ Correal, Annie (2008-06-22). "Rite of Summer Turns a Little Serious". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-09.

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