Big Apple Unicycling

Thanks for the great response to my posts about getting uni riders in the New
York City area together for rides and practice. The list now includes about
fifteen people and is growing daily. The group consists of a wide range of ages,
skill levels and areas of interest including tricks, distance, basketball, muni
(off-road) etc. Suggestions have been made to have future meets in areas outside
of the city as well as in town to be more fair to those interested who don’t
live in the city, and to make the riding more interesting. Please let me know
how you feel about this and if you have suggestions for meeting spots.

The first meet is tomorrow (sunday) the 25th at 2:00 pm in Central Park at the
bandshell located at 72nd street near the center of the park. Hope to see you. I
will keep you posted about the following weekend. Please let me know when would
be convenient for you. …Andrew

RE: Big Apple Unicycling

> basketball, muni (off-road) etc. Suggestions have been made to have future
> meets in areas outside of the city as well as in town to be more fair to those
> interested who don’t live in the city, and to make the riding more
> interesting.

Yes, it can be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to get around the NYC
area. And stressful. Maybe if you do weekly meetings in different places, you
can start up several localized groups. Each would need its own leader, but it
would be more than I managed during my 10 years there.

> Please let me know how you feel about this and if you have suggestions for
> meeting spots.

Again I’ll mention Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, if that’s close to anybody
(it is to Tom Lloyd). It used to be parking field 4 for the roller rink. Another
fun place, but probably more out of the way, is Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh.
This is off Merrick Road, just east of Wantagh Parkway. They had a great roller
rink there as well, and it’s not such a huge place to get lost in. It also is
the beginning of the Jones Beach bike path, 5 miles to the beach.

> The first meet is tomorrow (sunday) the 25th at 2:00 pm in Central Park at the
> bandshell located at 72nd street

Point of historical interest. The world’s first “Unicycling Invitational” was
held right there in 1971. Pictures from that event are in Jack Wiley’s The
Unicycle Book. The Unicycling Society of America counts that as Nationals No. 1.
Also, in 1988 and 89, the city parks department hosted an event there called
Circusfest. Jugglers, unicyclists, and other performers came down, and I got to
perform on the bandshell stage in a big public show.

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

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