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posted by the LauderBLOGGER on
September 17, 2007

Friday afternoon, Gwendolyn and I were ready to try something different. What we found was – well, a find. We took a tour of Birch State Park on a Segway. Maybe you’ve seen those two-wheel gizmos that look like some kind of motorized scooter you ride while standing? Anyway, some very nice people operate a new sports-activity business at Birch, the first concession permitted at this park in 22 years. Called M. Cruz Rentals, they rent out Segways and high-quality bicycles for now. Soon, they’ll offer in-line skates, canoes, kayaks and a lot more, including healthy food such as smoothies.

Our tour started when owner, Brent Wysocki, gave us a brief lesson on Segway technique. These are sophisticated machines, each with five gyroscopes and a separate transmission for both wheels. But they’re also easy to ride after the first few minutes, relying mostly on the transfer of body weight. More importantly, they’re a total blast! What an excellent way to see a place like Birch, which is a beautiful Fort Lauderdale oceanfront park. Segways move at more than 12 miles an hour at top speed but also can go off-road to slowly rumble over grass, dirt trails, sand, bumps and trees roots with no problem at all. They can spin circles on a dime, which gives surprising maneuverability. Gwendolyn and I were amazed at the technology and just how much fun that technology is to use.

Once we felt comfortable on our Segways, Brent led us on an hour-long tour of the park. We began by rolling through a grassy field filled with large iguanas warming themselves in the late afternoon sun. Some of these lizards were more than 60 years-old, thick and dark with spiky head crests. Then we followed the paved road, often taking our machines up to top speed, feeling the cool sweep of wind against our skin and laughing at the sheer unexpected delight of riding these things. We saw raccoons and many more iguanas and a massive “lofty fig” tree, as its called. Brent took us on a narrow trail among the woods and beside tropical lagoons and near mangroves that looked like the natural South Florida of long ago. I’ve been to Birch State Park many times, but I saw it from a new perspective on that Segway. When our ride was over, we hated to leave. You couldn’t ask for a more likeable tour guide or a more interesting way to view the park. Brent or other family members also will take you along the beach or Intracoastal Waterway
if you like. It’s a memorable experience and I can’t wait to try it again. For information, call 954-235-5082 or visit I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

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Letters, E-Mails, etc.

July 2010

 I really want to thank you for our Bike rental experience. Your easy to find location (Lifeguard station 15#) and the ease by which made our Hotel pickup was a delight.
Because of you, my wife ,sister  and I were able to see more of Lauderdale beach, and its nearer towns.
Your bikes are well maintained and the park allows for we older birds to practice our peddling skills before heading out. We highly recommend  your service and wish more vacation cities provided bikes for rental. What a great way to see the beach. I'll be back for sure.
Thank you again,
Steven & Becky Piper
Overland Park, KS

July 2010

THANKS again for your assistance and AWESOME service last week when I was > in Florida...  I really appreciate it!
Steve Schooner

January 2010
Dear Brent,

My husband and I arrived rather late last Saturday for bike rentals and you saved the day.  Not only did you come up with two bikes, you allowed us an additional hour at no charge.  We had a glorious day riding to Los Olas, via Victoria Park and 19th street and then took in the raw nature at the park.  Thank you for your attention and generosity not often found in this economic climate.  We are grateful and will always think of you when recalling our time in Fort Lauderdale.  We shall also recommend your service to anyone headed down to So. Florida.

With much gratitude,
Jackie Huntington

Dear Mr. Wysocki:

It is with immense gratitude that I write to you, a prominent business and civic leader in the Broward County community. On behalf or the Emerge Broward Executive Board and the general membership, I would like to thank you for helping to facilitate the Segways, Canoes & More Event on October 11, 2008.

This event was undoubtedly a huge success. Our members were privileged to enjoy a 30 minute guided Segway tour through Hugh Taylor Birch State Park while simultaneously networking with one another in a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Thank you for taking a pro-active role inj our community and facilitating this event for Emerge Broward.

- Laurie Menekou
Public Relations Director, Emerge Broward

Dear Brent,

I wanted to personally thank you for assisting me in planning the Emerge Broward event this past weekend. You were an absolute pleasure to work with and I really appreciated you helping us and with the cost of the event. Everyone raved about the Segways! Again, thank you for your time. I look forward to working with you again.

- Kelly Alvarez
Emerge Broward

Hey Brent,

We're the couple from the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel last week. Diana and I just wanted to say thanks again for your outstanding professional service and hospitality.
Those bikes were amazing and your tips on sights to see etc were much appreciated.

- Kevan McKenzie

M Cruz Rentals provided a memorable last day in Fort Lauderdale for my son and me.  I was hoping to rent a bike and trailer for my three-year-old son and received the recommendation of the hotel I was staying in to visit this rental shop.  Brent and his staff were generous and very helpful.  We first cruised around on a "Buddy Bike," which was an incredible experience.  It allowed me to have my son right in front of me while we visited the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.  When my son became tired, they let me switch the bike out with a bike and trailer.  Just as Brent promised, my son fell asleep within minutes, and I explored Fort Lauderdale on two wheels while my son napped behind me.
The Buddy Bike is great for toddlers that have some balance, but cannot ride a bike on their own.  M Cruz Rentals is a fantastic way to explore Fort Lauderdale. 
Thank you!
- Matt Wolfe

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