Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

A friend said today that unicycles arn’t allowed on the road. “Not true!”, I
said, but he went on to say that he saw a unicycle being pulled over on a TV
police show yesterday. He thinks it was “Police-Camera-Action” and was in the
last week for definite. Does anyone have any more details.

Paul. <><

Re: Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

paul wrote
>A friend said today that unicycles arn’t allowed on the road. “Not true!”, I
>said, but he went on to say that he saw a unicycle being pulled over on a TV
>police show yesterday. He thinks it was “Police-Camera-Action” and was in the
>last week for definite. Does anyone have any more details.
>
I saw this…guy in a bowler hat riding the unicycle along the road…but the
reason, I think, why he was pulled over was that he was riding the wrong way
against the traffic !!

He also has his hands in his pockets, now that’s just lazy.

Tim


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RE: Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

> There was a debate here a while back about whether it was best to ride with
> the traffic (like a bike) or against the traffic (like a pedestrian). The
> majority seemed to think riding with the traffic was best - but there are
> people around who’d rather ride against the traffic.

Of course there are people who will argue that not wearing a seat belt makes
them safer. Unfortunately the facts prove them wrong in 99% of cases, tens of
thousands of times each year. Sorry to soap box, but I used to be a driving
educator…

For bicycles, riding with the traffic is the obvious safer choice. The speed you
are going significantly reduces any potential impact you would have with a car
going in the same direction. For example, imagine you are going 20 kph and the
cars are going 60. Riding with the traffic, an impact would happen with a 40 kph
speed difference. If you’re going against the traffic, the same accident would
happen at 80 kph. Ouch.

Of course it’s harder to see the traffic when it’s coming up behind you, but you
seeing them is not as important as them seeing you. Wear bright colors or
reflective stuff, use lights at night (hey, doesn’t matter what you’re riding if
you’re out with the cars), and stay off the road if there is not enough room to
safely share with the cars. Though cyclists have a legal right to use most roads
(with many local variations to this), drivers have to be attentive or you are in
danger anyway.

In most places I know of, cyclists are supposed to go with the traffic flow.
Pedestrians are supposed to go opposite. But speed-wise, unicycles are somewhere
in between. Are we fast enough to think like cyclists? On a Coker I’d say you
are. On a 20", maybe not. You’re still going faster than the pedestrians, so if
there are a lot of them you might want to ride with the traffic.

Whatever you do, remember these simple rules of the road:
- You don’t have the right of way unless others give it.
- Being legally in the right does not guarantee that you’ll survive
the accident.
- If you’re cycling, the car always wins. Unless there’s a train involved…

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Re: Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

Actually, the laws vary from state to state - I would need to know which state
you’re in (assuming it’s in the U.S.) For example, here in California, you would
actually be considered a pedestrian. However, if there was no sidewalk, it would
be legal to ride on the street. The up side is that you can legally ride where
bicycles can’t - unless you’re on a giraffe! According to the California Vehicle
Code, a bicycle is defined as: “…a device upon which any person may ride,
propelled exclusively by human power through a belt, chain, or gears, and having
one or morew wheels.” Therefore, a giraffe fits this criteria, a standard uni
would not. Unfortunately, many law enforcement personnel are not aware of these
nuances. In the U.S., most states have a state bicycle coordinator, and many
large cities have a local coordinator. I would check there - hope this helps.

Tim Bustos, Sacramento, CA

At 07:24 PM 1/25/00 -0000, paul.gibbs wrote:
>A friend said today that unicycles arn’t allowed on the road. “Not true!”, I
>said, but he went on to say that he saw a unicycle being pulled over on a TV
>police show yesterday. He thinks it was “Police-Camera-Action” and was in the
>last week for definite. Does anyone have any more details.
>
>Paul. <><
>
>
>

Timothy M. Bustos, Sr.
P.O. Box 1251 Davis, CA 95617

Tel. 916/448-6457

Re: Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

Tim Murray wrote:
> I saw this…guy in a bowler hat riding the unicycle along the road…but the
> reason, I think, why he was pulled over was that he was riding the wrong way
> against the traffic !!

There was a debate here a while back about whether it was best to ride with the
traffic (like a bike) or against the traffic (like a pedestrian). The majority
seemed to think riding with the traffic was best - but there are people around
who’d rather ride against the traffic.

> He also has his hands in his pockets, now that’s just lazy.

lazy -> crazy :wink:

Regards, Mark.

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Re: Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

paul.gibbs <paul.gibbs@eggconnect.net> wrote in message
news:388dfa1d_2@news1.vip.uk.com
> A friend said today that unicycles arn’t allowed on the road. “Not true!”,
I
> said, but he went on to say that he saw a unicycle being pulled over on a
TV
> police show yesterday. He thinks it was “Police-Camera-Action” and was in the
> last week for definite. Does anyone have any more details.

It was “Police-Camera-Action” shown on Monday night on ITV (this is British
television we are talking about) and the clip appeared during a collection of
clips about people on bicycles not exactly paying attention to the road laws,
and some nearly getting killed (as you’d expect).

The clip was someone on a unicycle riding in a bus lane, the camera recording
it seemed to be mounted in a bus approaching behind judging by the height and
the speed.

Bus lanes are for buses (as far as I know) and the unicyclist was pulled over
because he/her was not supposed to be in the lane.

Re: Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

At 21:01 27/01/00 -0000, Danny Colyer wrote:
>munibods wrote:
>>In the UK check out the Traffic Signs Regs. If the Bus lane was also a cycle
>>way, pedal cycles may use them. Pedal Cycle includes unicycle, bicycle,
>>tricycle or four wheeled cycle.
>>
>
>Not quite true. A cycle may use them, and the legal definition of a cycle (I
>don’t have the exact wording to hand) is something along the lines of "a
>bicycle, tricycle or cycle with four or more wheels, not being in any case a
>motor vehicle".
>

what if you take the pedals off ?

JN (who coasts pedal-less in bus lanes all the time)

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>
>Bus lanes are for buses (as far as I know) and the unicyclist was pulled over
>because he/her was not supposed to be in the lane.
>
>

In the UK check out the Traffic Signs Regs. If the Bus lane was also a cycle
way, pedal cycles may use them. Pedal Cycle includes unicycle, bicycle, tricycle
or four wheeled cycle.

His hat was fairly offensive though. or, did he lack cycle lights?

Duncan

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On 27 Jan 2000 15:54:12 -0800, Jeremy Nichols <mohawk@mail.com> wrote:
>At 21:01 27/01/00 -0000, Danny Colyer wrote:
>>munibods wrote:

>>>If the Bus lane was also a cycle way, pedal cycles may use them. Pedal Cycle
>>>includes unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or four wheeled cycle.
>>>
>>
>>Not quite true. A cycle may use them, and the legal definition of a cycle (I
>>don’t have the exact wording to hand) is something along the lines of "a
>>bicycle, tricycle or cycle with four or more wheels, not being in any case a
>>motor vehicle".

Wrong. A bicycle may only use bus lanes if it is explicitly marked as dual
use. Most are, but it is not the default that you can cycle in bus lanes.

Consider rule 56 of the highway code: “BUS LANES. These may be used by cyclists
only if the signs include a cycle symbol…”

Although that rule is not law, rule 50 is: “You MUST obey all traffic signs
and traffic light signals”, and the previously mentioned traffic signs regs make
it clear that a bus lane sign does not include cycles - there’s a different
sign for a bus-and-cycle lane.

As to whether a unicycle is a cycle, that’s a different issue.

regards, Ian SMith

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Re: Uni-on TV (Police Camera Action?)

munibods wrote:
>In the UK check out the Traffic Signs Regs. If the Bus lane was also a cycle
>way, pedal cycles may use them. Pedal Cycle includes unicycle, bicycle,
>tricycle or four wheeled cycle.
>

Not quite true. A cycle may use them, and the legal definition of a cycle (I
don’t have the exact wording to hand) is something along the lines of “a
bicycle, tricycle or cycle with four or more wheels, not being in any case a
motor vehicle”.


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