A man wearing a red superhero costume riding a Segway on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford caught the attention of motorists and West Shore RCMP Thursday afternoon.
Mounties got a call about the bizarre sighting around noon, said Const. Alex Berube. The description turned out to be accurate as police pulled over a man wearing a black and red body suit complete with fake abs and a utility belt.
The man was attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the longest ride on the two-wheel electric vehicle and make them legal on B.C. streets.
Berube confirmed the man is 57-year-old Danny “the Hurricane” Halmo, a Delta man who is riding the Segway 500-kilometres from Salt Spring Island north to Campbell River and back down to Victoria where he hopes to deliver a petition advocating for Segways to be legal to Premier Christy Clark’s office.
The Motor Vehicle Act does not clearly cover Segways, said Berube, but they are not permitted on sidewalks, bike lanes and road shoulders.
“Under these circumstances, the officer used discretion and let him finish his remaining two kilometres to his journey with a warning,” Berube said.
Halmo has previously donned a Captain America costume and Flash costumes on other legs of the journey.
This is not Halmo’s first attempt at setting a Guinness World Record.
He set two previous Guinness World Records on an electric bicycle and in an electric car, and has a third pending covering 214 kilometres on a Segway in 24 hours.
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