Unicycles can be so ambiguous sometimes. Is it a bike? Are you walking? Or is it some crazy hybrid in the middle?
Whatever the legalese might say there are always going to be places where you’ve got to do it by ear.
Presumably you’re perfectly entitled to go on roads. Are you? Fast, large wheels presumably can’t go anywhere else if there are no cycle tracks. But then you wouldn’t go on a road with a little 16" ride.
So instead you go on the path. I’ve a 20" and a 24"; I go on paths. Obviously the onus is on you to avoid crashing into people, either by going slowly, going around or dismounting.
So then where does a unicycle have right of way over people? There’s a particular road on campus that many people cross on foot. People stop for cars; people without the urge to be injured stop for bikes, but people rarely stop for a unicycle, irrelevant of how fast I’m going. My closest incident so far (in three weeks…) has been when someone walking in the road decided to run to the other side, and came damn close to sending us both into a heap.
This is just one situation when the unicycle doesn’t really have it’s place to stand, as it were, so you’ve got to make it up as you go along. But how long will it be before I don’t react fast enough and do in fact end up in a heap? Has anyone been in a pedestrian related collision?
Or collided with a bike, for that matter? On the larger paths bikes pretty much have right of way over pedestrians; in this case does that include unicycles, being the half way house between the two?
I think it’s the fact that it’s half way between a bike and, well, walking that makes it difficult. We’re not supposed to have bikes inside the houses here at university; there’s no way I’d leave my unis in the bike rack outside for any length of time, but the other day someone asked whether I should have it inside at all. They live under my bed; I’m half expecting one of the cleaners to comment on them sooner or later.
And then there’s carrying them. Technically if you’re carrying a uni it’s effectively just a lumpy item of personal luggage, but most people wouldn’t see it as that. On the way back from Durham on the train someone mentioned I should be in the bit specially for bikes because I was getting in the way… as they struggled past with their huge collection of bags that were blocking the corridor.
It must be hard to be a unicycle… you’re neither one thing nor the other…
Phil, just me