Unfortunately, for any sample of the population, a percentage will behave recklessly, and a larger percentage will behave without great thought for the effect of their actions on those around them. Thus, if there are more bicyclists, unicyclists, 4X4 drivers, off road pogostickers or whatever, there will be more people doing those activities in a reckless or thoughtless way.
The result could be the introduction of regulation which would tend to affect the more conscientious participants in the sport but would probably be ignored or subverted by the reckless or thoughtless ones who had provoked it.
I’m not sure the link earlier on this thread was to ‘alarmist propaganda’. However, it may have exaggerated the risks to some extent. Sometimes this is ‘necessary’ to bring an issue to the public’s attention in time. Too much too soon may be better than too little too late.
As an occasional off road 4x4 driver, my thought is that the ‘on road’ drivers have ‘caused’ more destruction of the hills they love. They drive into those hills along tarmac roads, sometimes over bridges or through cuttings, and park in big tarmac or gravel carparks which spoil the view for everybody. They then get out of those cars and walk, and you only have to see the deep churned up mud around most farm gates and stiles to see how much damage that causes.
But for us, I suggest that unicycling is unlikely to become popular enough to be specifically mentioned in legislation, and it is ‘oddball’ enough that most people will smile indulgently rather than complain.
But there is an onus on all of us to be careful when and how we ride. If you cause a nuisance you may provoke a complaint. Spend all day trashing a scree slope in a popular beauty spot, or disrupting the foliage in the municipal raised flower beds and you have only yourself to blame when you are criticized.
Ride considerately, stop and wait for large groups of pedestrians and for any horse riders, and you will get away with a lot.
In a crowded planet all our freedoms are privileges, not rights. As the Judge said in a slightly different context, ‘Your freedom to put your fist wherever you like must be limited by another person’s freedom to put his chin wherever he wants.’