New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

Today I reached a new low in Coker riding, tho luckily no one and no thing
was injured.

I was riding to my mom’s on the Upper West Side of Manhattan as I do
several times a week. Having missed a light, I decided, as I have done
before, to ride the wrong way up Broadway at 79th St. For those unfamiliar
with Manhattan, let’s just say it’s a pretty busy area most of the time,
and this was 3 in the afternoon.

It didn’t help that was on my cel phone. I always have a harder time
adjusting when on the phone, and my worst falls have been while talking on
one.

Anyway, I felt a lurch as the road suddenly sagged – later I saw that
there is this 6" dip in the road – and I knew I’d be making an unplanned
dismount. At the time, I was going about 10mph. The problem was that I
began to fall to the right – into oncoming traffic. Luckily, since the
light had just changed, there were fewer than usual cars coming at me, but
I still knew I had to jump off. I tried holding the extension to regain my
balance, but my slippery hands (I was sweaty and had sun lotion on, too)
couldn’t hold on.* I landed on my feet and watched as the Coker zoomed out
in front of me, across all three lanes of traffic, flopped a few times,
and came to rest, amazingly, in the grassy island which divides Broadway
at this part in the city. Since the cars were not too close as this
happened, I made angel motions to warn motorists to slow down, and they
did. I sheepishly retrieved the monster uni, crossed the street, hopped
on, and rode home.

I am never riding the wrong way on a busy street again, esp. when on the
phone. And I am looking forward to the day when I don’t need to go into
Manhattan three times a week to tutor. Then I can just ride around the
park for exercise.

  • Word to the unwise: If you are (stupidly) in my position, do NOT attempt
    to catch the uni. I realized that had I done so, a car could have smashed
    into the Coker and knocked it thru me. That’s why I made little effort to
    hold on once I knew I was falling off.

Hope your riding is safer than mine was.

David “Changed Man” Stone
Co-founder, Unatics of NY

David-

Glad you’re OK. You’re probably shaking as hard as I’m laughing…thanks for the description. Please stay off the phone when riding the uni.5.

Sorry. I’m just kidding. I had to add that.

good thing uni.5 hits florida first.

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

harper.36jum@timelimit.unicyclist.com writes:
>
>David-
>
>Glad you’re OK. You’re probably shaking as hard as I’m laughing…thanks
>for the description. Please stay off the phone when riding the uni.5.
>
>Sorry. I’m just kidding. I had to add that.

Actually, I meant to include in my note a promise to you NOT to use the
cell phone while on the uni.5.

I actually never shook afterwards. I didn’t see flashing before my eyes
anything but a few cars. No white tunnel. Just this sorta surreal feeling
like in one of those movies where the audience sees what WOULDA happened
if the protagonist hadn’t done this dumb thing. I guess from here on in, I
get to be Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

David Stone

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

As with the pepper spray incident, I can’t help feeling that
you brought a lot of this trouble on yourself. What kind of
idiot rides the wrong way in busy traffic while talking on his
mobile phone? Ans: An idiot who already knows that “I
always have a harder time adjusting when on the phone,
and my worst falls have been while talking on one”.

Arnold the Aardvark
Co-founder, AAFOSOW

Re: Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

I have no doubt David has enough judgment to draw his own conclusions. Even more so, I appreciate his willingness to share this experience with us so that everyone can learn from what went wrong. “AOPA Pilot” has a regular feature called “Never again” where pilots report how they screwed up (some of these screw-ups can be fairly subtle unless seen with the hindsight one will only have after experiencing the consequences of the “minor” mistake); there is a lot to learn from others’ mistakes. I think this is essential when learning (we always are, aren’t we?).
Thanks for sharing the incidence with us, David. Good you are O.K.

Have fun,
Fred

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

“Arnold the Aardvark” <aardvark@NOTTHIStubulidentata.demon.co.uk> wrote in
message news:1018965554.1150.0.nnrp-13.c246aeef@news.demon.co.uk
> As with the pepper spray incident, I can’t help feeling that
> you brought a lot of this trouble on yourself. What kind of
> idiot rides the wrong way in busy traffic while talking on his
> mobile phone? Ans: An idiot who already knows that “I
> always have a harder time adjusting when on the phone,
> and my worst falls have been while talking on one”.

Hey just you wait, it’ll be the next big thing, get all the danger of the
North Shore without having to travel, hardcore urban mobile phonin’
freestyle suicide is like the future man.

It’s really catching on in London, I nearly crashed into a guy riding in the
dark with no lights on the wrong way down the street.

Joe

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

Was the other guy the one on the wrong side without lights?
Or did you leave those Lumis at home?

BTW Joe, do you want to organise a night ride at the BUC this
weekend (say yes)?

Arnold the Aardvark

I read that driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone is
about as dangerous as drunk driving. Considering the
amount of concentration required for unicycling compared
to driving, talking on a cell phone seems like a death-wish
to me.

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

> “AOPA Pilot” has a
> regular feature called “Never again” where pilots report how they
> screwed up (some of these screw-ups can be fairly subtle unless seen
> with the hindsight one will only have after experiencing the
> consequences of the “minor” mistake); there is a lot to learn from
> others’ mistakes.

Your point is valid, of course, as far as it goes. But it is hardly fair to
compare a subtle screw up to an obvious-from-the-outset-even-to-a-
child-really-dumb-thing-to-do. And what David did not mention at all
was the probable acute stress he caused to a number of drivers, and the
enormous likelihood of an accident in which the least important casualty
would have been his Coker.

Still, I’m glad the Coker was not damaged ;-).

Arnold the Aardvark

> Your point is valid, of course, as far as it goes. But it is hardly
> fair to compare a subtle screw up to an obvious-from-the-
> outset-even-to-a-child-really-dumb-thing-to-do.

Well, again finding parallels to aviation accidents: it was not just a single problem, but a combination of smaller ones that led to the accident (or should I call it “near miss”?): missing a light, deciding to take the wrong lane, “get-there-itis”(?), unfamiliarity with the area, being distracted by the cell phone, arm motion restricted because of the cell phone, and then the bump. Here is a nice aviation acronym for the factors contributing to accidents: APES (aircraft, pilot, environment, situation) - make up an appropriate acronym for unicycling accidents…

Have fun and ride safely,
Fred

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

In article <unibabyguy.37o4n@timelimit.unicyclist.com>,
unibabyguy <unibabyguy.37o4n@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:
)
)I read that driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone is
)about as dangerous as drunk driving. Considering the
)amount of concentration required for unicycling compared
)to driving, talking on a cell phone seems like a death-wish
)to me.

That statistic is probably overstated, and in any case is relevant
only to talking while holding the cell phone to your face. Using a
hands-free cell phone in a car is not particularly dangerous.
Unicyclists, not needing their hands, probably can talk on a cell
phone without significant danger. Cokering the wrong way on a busy
Manhattan street is a very dangerous activity, by itself–I do think
it’s foolish to talk on a cell phone while performing dangerous stunts.
-Tom

I find that the best thing about travel via unicycle is that it frees up my hands so I can eat my breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack while riding (did I mention that I am also trying to unicycle to lose weight? :)). I still remember when I first was learning to unicycle (still couldn’t free mount) I rode home with a drink in one hand and using my other hand to eat my french fries (front pocket) and my McNuggets (right pocket).

Myakishnock

Hmmm…am I the only one who can picture how comical that scene must have been? David emerged, unscathed, and was kind enough to give us a description to entertain us with hilarious imagery. Thanks, David.

d,stone

when your Coker finally does get run over.i have one i’ll sell you for a good price :smiley:

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

I also appreciate the ability to drink while you are riding. :wink:


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> unibabyguy wrote:
> > *I read that driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone is
> > about as dangerous as drunk driving. Considering the
> > amount of concentration required for unicycling compared
> > to driving, talking on a cell phone seems like a death-wish
> > to me. *
>
> I find that the best thing about travel via unicycle is that it frees up
> my hands so I can eat my breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack while riding (did
> I mention that I am also trying to unicycle to lose weight? :)). I
> still remember when I first was learning to unicycle (still couldn’t
> free mount) I rode home with a drink in one hand and using my other hand
> to eat my french fries (front pocket) and my McNuggets (right pocket).
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Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

In a country as litigious as David’s, do you
think a driver could make a successful defence
out of this concatenation of circumstances after
causing an accident? Doubtful.

Anyway, I think I’ve exhausted my 2p.

I’ll just add that I have no objection to people
taking risks which can hurt only themselves.

Arnold the Aardvark

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

> )I read that driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone is
> )about as dangerous as drunk driving. Considering the
> )amount of concentration required for unicycling compared
> )to driving, talking on a cell phone seems like a death-wish
> )to me.
>
> That statistic is probably overstated, and in any case is relevant
> only to talking while holding the cell phone to your face. Using a
> hands-free cell phone in a car is not particularly dangerous.
> Unicyclists, not needing their hands, probably can talk on a cell
> phone without significant danger. Cokering the wrong way on a busy
> Manhattan street is a very dangerous activity, by itself–I do think
> it’s foolish to talk on a cell phone while performing dangerous stunts.
> -Tom

You must be the best unicyclist I’ve ever even heard of, if it’s been so
long you’ve forgotten about using your arms for balance.

Know anything about NLP eye accessing cues?

Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

In article <ubosupie4cjpe8@corp.supernews.com>,
Scott Kurland <skurland@juggler.net> wrote:
)> That statistic is probably overstated, and in any case is relevant
)> only to talking while holding the cell phone to your face. Using a
)> hands-free cell phone in a car is not particularly dangerous.
)> Unicyclists, not needing their hands, probably can talk on a cell
)> phone without significant danger. Cokering the wrong way on a busy
)> Manhattan street is a very dangerous activity, by itself–I do think
)> it’s foolish to talk on a cell phone while performing dangerous stunts.
)> -Tom
)
)You must be the best unicyclist I’ve ever even heard of, if it’s been so
)long you’ve forgotten about using your arms for balance.

I use my arms for balance occasionally. But that doesn’t stop me from
dribbling and shooting a basketball, juggling, or carrying a bag of
groceries while unicycling. Would I ride a Coker the wrong way down
Broadway in Manhattan while juggling? No.

)Know anything about NLP eye accessing cues?

Not really, but if you do, maybe you could tell us about them, instead of
being condescending.
-Tom

Re: Re: New Low on Cokey: Near-death experience

And it is probably also not a good idea to try that cell phone while riding trick while in North Bend WA for NAUCC/UNICON. North Bend is trying to pass an “inattentive driving” ordinance that would declare using a cell phone a driving distraction. Using a cell phone could get an extra $300 tacked on to a traffic citation.

See the following two newspaer articles about it.
<http://www.eastsidejournal.com/sited/story/html/86303&gt;
<http://www.eastsidejournal.com/sited/story/html/77304&gt;

Could you immagine during the parade in Seattle having everyone pull out a cell phone while riding in formation. I think the crowd would gasp in horror.

john_childs