MUni masses

I mentioned before that I also subscribe to the hpv email list. That’s the
“recumbent” variety of bicyclist. (I don’t have one, but I’m interested) I’m
pretty much a lurker on that list.

Anyhow…lately there have been a couple of remarks on the hpv list about
unicyclists. You see, the “bentheads” were trying to get recumbents to the top
of the Bicycling Survey to help promote public awareness and get some more
respect and coverage from cycling publications. They suffer from some of the
same social preconceptions and stereotypes as unicyclists and are no less
enthusiastic about their machines and sport. Unfortunately, as hackers, they
don’t hold a candle to us :slight_smile:

The remarks have been a lot of fun to read - i.e, satirical comments, but I
think some people are getting interested in unicycling because of it! I’ve
written to a couple people.

Today, I was amazed to see that someone posted the entire George Peck article
from “The Atlantic” on the hpv list. I wrote to him and gave him some good
unicycling URL’s. He wrote back to me and asked if “the Peck article, which was
written in 1997, was accurate in saying there are only roughly 200 MUni riders
worldwide?”

I jokingly wrote back and told him that it is about 40% of the “Bicycling” poll.

Seriously though, how many people do you think participate in MUni riding, and
how would you determine this number? Has the USA or IUF taken any surveys?

~rick

RE: MUni masses

> Seriously though, how many people do you think participate in MUni riding, and
> how would you determine this number? Has the USA or IUF taken any surveys?

No surveys I’m aware of. The IUF spent a lot of time talking about doing one,
but we’re very good at that.

Surveys can be interesting animals. You want to know how many MUni riders there
are. First you have to define what’s a MUni rider. How often must you MUni and
what counts as MUniing (and it MUniing a word)?

I’ve often read that bicycling ranks #2 in participation among sports or
recreational activities among Americans. What does this mean? Apparently to be
counted a bicyclist, you must ride at least twice a year for such a survey.

MUni has grown since that 200 number was given to Mike Finkel by either George
or me. I would safely say there are well over 200 MUni riders in this country
alone. Then there are probably twice as many, or more, in Europe (England and
Germany mostly). I don’t know about the rest of the world, if it’s catching on
there or not. Maybe Jack Halpern has some idea for Japan?

Stay on top,

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