The 7th Annual New York City Unicycle Festival
2016 New York City Unicycle Festival. This annual event produced by the Bindlestiff Family Circus promises to be bigger and more popular than the previous years. This year it will continue with second year of expanded unicycle activities to four days. It will be held from Thursday September 1st – Sunday September 4. Organizers have a goal of breaking the previous attendance records from past unicycle festivals. So grab a friend and come on out to all four days of unicycle activities. Day One: Round trip ride Battery Park to Central Park. This year will be the second annual Thursday big wheel ride for day one. At 10:00 am participating unicyclist will bring their unicycle having 26″ or larger wheel to Battery Park. From Battery Park we will ride up the west side bike path and over to and around Central Park. We will travel down to the south west end of the park at Columbus Circle for a lunch break. But, the ride will not necessarily end there. Part two of the ride will return back down the bike path to Battery park. The round trip total is about 16.5 miles. Day Two: Brooklyn Bridge and Coney Island ride. The annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day occurs on Friday. The celebration will commence with a 3:00 pm unicycle ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. Many of the unicyclist will continue riding on a 13 mile tour through Brooklyn organized by the Unicycle Bridge Tour group. The tour will make rest stop visits to Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park South. then onto to our final destination of Coney Island via the Ocean Avenue bike path with one last rest stop at around Avenue N. Activities at Coney Island will be announced soon. All are welcome to join us at Coney Island no unicycle is required. So, if you like to participate at Coney Island amusement park activities just meet us at Nathans Famous at around 5:45 pm. Altogether there will be at minimum of about 13 miles of unicycle fun. All wheel sizes are welcome to participate in the ride across the bridge. However, a 24 inch or larger wheel would be highly recommended for the ride onto Coney Island. Quite a few unicyclists have completed the ride on a 20 inch sized wheel. One rider has even completed the ride on a 20 inch giraffe unicycle. For those that do not want to ride unicycle all the way to Coney Island can take the subway and meet us there. Days Three and Four: Governors Island. Moving forward to main festivities on Saturday and Sunday. You need only to hop on the $1 ferry over to Governors Island from either the Brooklyn or Manhattan ferry terminals to arrive between 11:00 am to 5 pm. Two consecutive afternoons of unicycle activities including races, unicycle sport competitions in basketball and hocky, unicycling and juggling shows and Beginner and advance skills unicycling learning workshops. There will be raffles on both days and vendors maybe available. If you plan on coming for both days, hold onto to your ferry ticket for the second days journey. Though you can bring your own food, there are variety of food trucks and food vendors available on the island. Come on out and join the fun. Please Contribute! As it is quite expensive to present these free activities I encourage every one to help support with donation of whatever financial support you can afford. While purchasing Tee shirts and raffle tickets is helpful a direct tax deductible donation to the cause goes a whole lot further. Potential sponsors are invited to visit the event website sponsor page for information on how to become an event sponsor. The activities schedule with few exceptions will mirror previous years festival so I will refer you to the event’s website for further details To reach Governor Island there are ferries leaving from Brooklyn and lower Manhattan check out the ferry schedules and plan accordingly. Helpful event links: Additional detailed information can be found at the following websites. NYC 2016 Unicycle Festival website for event details and Coney Island ride route map. You can follow some of the latest event developments on the Festival’s Facebook page. You are encouraged to invite your facebook friends via the Brooklyn Unicycle Day Facebook event page. The Trust for Governors Island website for island information including ferry service schedules from Manhattan and Brooklyn. National Park Service Governors Island web page for additional information about island events and directions. Governors Island Map.
- Ken Springle @ August 20, 2016