Unicycling is Hazardous on Weekends

Weekend rides are, for a unicyclist anyway, a hazardous time to ride in any public place.

When riding my 5.2 miles on Sunday afternoon at Best Friend Park, I had to constantly shout “Coming through” or “Passing on Left/Right” when approaching any number children running around not paying attention.  Still, they seldom hear me, even when parents are also yelling at them.  Very young kids in particular exhibit a  noticeable lack of awareness for moving objects in public places and I came close a few times to falling over some self-absorbed little tykes!

I fell only once because of a kid.  It happened last summer at Tybee Island Beach during a crowded holiday weekend.  A young girl – about 3 – ran right in front of me in a mad dash for the water.  I was fortunately able to stop pedaling and tumble over her without causing injury to either of us, but the experience left us both a bit shaken and she started crying.

I turned to make sure she was OK and the parents were sitting right there, so I continued on my ride.  I was a bit embarrassed but relieved no one was hurt.

While I much prefer riding on empty roads or places, there are times when crowds are unavoidable.  I just have to keep extra-aware during those times and proceed with caution.  :-)

About UniDude

UniDude is 62 and started riding a unicycle when he was 13. He now rides 1000 miles a year for charity, with an occasional wild stunt, like riding 60 miles in one day, or 200 miles over the entire length of the Silver Comet-Chief Ladiga Trail.
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