A new Segway-based tour company, River City Segs, opened shop in August. They offer a “Church Hill Tour” and a “Half Church Hill Tour”, among others. Opened in August 2012 by proud Richmonders Chad Harvey, Jeff Majer, and Nathan Willis, they think it is important to keep their tour operations locally owned and operated. “River […]
Opened in August 2012 by proud Richmonders Chad Harvey, Jeff Majer, and Nathan Willis, they think it is important to keep their tour operations locally owned and operated.
“River City Segs’ tours are a great way to experience Richmond.” Willis says, “It’s a fun way to learn a bit about our city.” “There are people that would rather get tied up and thrown in the James then take a walking history tour. But the Segway makes history fun. And, as a guide, if I can’t find a couple fun stories in Richmond’s 400 years I’m just not trying.” Majer says. The tours are not just about history. River City Segs also offers public art tours that include murals, sculptures, and graffiti.
“Every once in a while, people see the Segway and say ‘I would kill myself on that thing.’ But safety is our number one priority and when people get on, they realize how easy it is,” Majer continues. The staff at River City Segs has almost 10 years of combined experience keeping riders safe and satisfied during their Segway journeys in Richmond, VA.
Chad Harvey, a Richmond native with deep family roots in RVA, currently studies business and economics at Virginia Commonwealth University and has more then 4 years experience in the logistics side of the Segway tour business. His parents both taught in Henrico County for 30+ years, and are now teaching at private schools in the city. His aunt, Kathryn Harvey, created World of Mirth in 1993, which is a staple of Carytown, and a Richmond favorite. His uncle, Bryan Harvey, was a fixture in the Richmond music scene for a long time, playing in bands such as The Dads, House of
Freaks, and Gutterball.
Jeff Majer grew up in Chesapeake, VA but has been in RVA since 1995. He came to VCU and received a Painting and Printmaking and an Art History degree. He is an award-winning artist including the VMFA Fellowship. He has worked at historical museums in Richmond including the Fire & Police Museum and the Valentine Richmond History Center. He currently writes about Richmond history at www.historyreplaystoday.com
Nathan Willis graduated for Lynn University in 1994. He has been in retail management for over 12 years. Nathan is also the head wrestling coach for Holman Middle School.