Public-use unicycles (Re: used 26' power pashly muni, $250??

You’re right about the expense, but more specifically I think most people
are concerned about purchasing a unicycle and then never being able to
ride or enjoy it.

There was this project in Austin to paint old bicycles with yellow paint
and leave them in public places, for people to borrow. When somebody was
done using the bike, they’d leave it in a public place for someone else to
use. The idea was to promote bikes as transportation.

I vaguely recall reading about a proposal to do something similar for
unicycles. Perhaps you could get people learning that way. They could
borrow a yellow unicycle for a week, and then get their own once they
learned how to ride.

“Jeff Lutkus” <lutkus@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:mailman.1008383235.9797.rsu@unicycling.org
>
> Without a doubt, the hardest part about getting others interested in
> riding is the expense. That you have 6 or more who learned to ride
> without actually owning a unicycle is impressive, indeed. (I have extra
> unicycles myself, but have a hard time lending them out to others
> because either I use them a ton as my 20", or they wouldn’t be fit to
> learn to ride on, as my coker.)

On Sat, 15 Dec 2001 14:31:13 GMT, “Import Car Fan”
<dsholt@hotmail.com> wrote:

>There was this project in Austin to paint old bicycles with yellow paint
>and leave them in public places, for people to borrow. When somebody was
>done using the bike, they’d leave it in a public place for someone else
>to use. The idea was to promote bikes as transportation.
When was this? I have always thought that this concept came up first in
Amsterdam in the 1960’s, under the name “witte fietsen plan” (white
bike plan, if you didn’t guess). It was too idealistic though and
didn’t live long.

Klaas Bil

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I think it was within the last 5 years or so. I saw one of the yellow
bikes around the time that the project hit the local news. The idea may
very well have been borrowed from somewhere else.

“Klaas Bil” <klaasbil_remove_the_spamkiller_@xs4all.nl> wrote in message
news:3c1bdd27.5138823@newszilla.xs4all.nl
> On Sat, 15 Dec 2001 14:31:13 GMT, “Import Car Fan”
> <dsholt@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> >There was this project in Austin to paint old bicycles with yellow
> >paint and leave them in public places, for people to borrow. When
> >somebody was done using the bike, they’d leave it in a public place for
> >someone else to use. The idea was to promote bikes as transportation.
> When was this? I have always thought that this concept came up first in
> Amsterdam in the 1960’s, under the name “witte fietsen plan” (white
> bike plan, if you didn’t guess). It was too idealistic though and
> didn’t live long.
>
> Klaas Bil
> –
> "To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been
> picked automagically from a database:" “+=, Donald Rumsfeld, SACLANTCEN”