Have you seen the guy in the Santa hat zooming around lately on a Segway, blasting his tunes? He is perhaps the Mission’s 2013 version of a “low-rider:” John Marksman, the Segway Guy. Marksman slows down long enough to tell Mission Local about his journey to becoming one of the neighborhood’s unique denizens.

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Living in the Mission District feels a lot like home for former Brooklyn resident Emily Gibson. Both neighborhoods are happening cultural centers with their own unique stories to tell. As an arts reporter,...

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  1. Thanks Segway Guy John for bringing a smile to my face every time you zoom by, and reminding people that life can be fun.

  2. Um, Emily — there are real live low-riders in the Mission in 2014. Keep workin’ on that metaphor, OK?

  3. John, I appreciate your story and the passion you have for riding your Segway. However, Segways are illegal to ride on San Francisco sidewalks. I have personally seen you scare the hell out of several elderly Mission residents. It’s just not cool.

    1. Joe, If I have offended you by my actions, I apologize….I would never set out to scare the elderly, That is def not cool. On some sreets its more dangerous for travels but I hear you and will be more conscious of that. thanks for your input.

    1. inSF, you were clearly on point, 6 years ahead of the game! I found this clip after clicking here from an article about John’s longtime apartment being part of an Ellis Act eviction.

  4. I never thought someone could look cool riding a Segway, but you sir proved me wrong! Keep enjoying life.

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