Yesterday, I rode the local park (Sharon Woods) here in Columbus. The bike path
was a nice 3.8 miles through woods loaded with deer and nice scenery. Now, I
noticed the signs on the bike path which told bikes to travel counterclockwise
and pedestrians to go clockwise. It also said no skateboards or rolerbladers
allowed. Struck me as odd but having neither skateboard or rollerblades at the
time I started off on the ride.
Great ride, nice people on the path yet nearing the end I was stopped by one of
the park rangers who told me I was not supposed to ride on the bike path! I of
course was shocked and managed to stumble out “But I was riding in a
counterclockwise direction.” His reply “Sir I am not going to argue with you,
you cannot ride on the bike path”. Having gained some composer I said You mean
to tell me I cannot ride on the bike path? Again after brief moment he once
again repeated his “Sir I am not going to argue with you, you cannot ride on the
Ahemm, now having recovered all of my wits and starting to get a little annoyed,
I said, Sir, you said I cannot pedal on the bike path is this correct?
For some reason this, made him think, I regret that I was getting sarcastic and
frustrated. In my defense, I had just pedaled nearly 4 miles over hills and down
hills. I was tired!
He softened up and asked how long I have been riding and said I was okay, to go
ahead and keep riding! He further stated that he had never seen any of “those”
on the trail and asked me how long it took to learn. After a brief conversation
on unicycles I was on my way.
Now the meat of the matter, why no skateboards or rollerblades? Yet joggers and
bikes are allowed (and unis for now). Are skateboards and rollerbladers unsafe
for pedestrians? I know when I was learning to uni the last place you would want
to walk was behind me or in front of me. Heck pick an axis, any axis was not a
safe place to be. That is why I practiced in an enclosed tennis court. I did not
let myself out of the “cage” until I was safe. As we grow in numbers could we be
in danger of getting ourselves banned from places? Even now after a year worth
of riding, I sometimes drop the uni. Miss the saddle on a hasty dismount and
shazamm unicycles are banned.