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Four days of 2016 NYC Festivities

Monday, September 5th, 2016

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The 2016 New York Unicycle Festival began on Thursday September 1st. While this has been the seventh year of the festival, this is the only second year of there being four days instead of three days of unicycle activities. Day one started with a light drizzle that ceased just as the ride began, 17 unicyclist began the ride from Battery Park up the west side cycling path on there way to Central Park. After a few rest stops we showed up at the entrance of the park at West 85th street being joined by yet one more unicyclist.  We made our way through the park down to 59th street, Columbus Circle for a lunch break. Just as we started to make our way down Broadway toward Time Square it again began to rain. Upon reaching Time Square it really started to come down. So, we sought shelter in a covered walkway on West 45th street until the rain let up. After about twenty-five minutes the rained lightened up so we set out back towards bike path by the Intrepid Aircraft carrier. We rode the entire way back with two rest stops, just upon reaching Battery Park the rain stopped. We all agreed that the 16.5 mile ride was incredibly fun despite the warm light rain falling on us for the entire ride back to the starting point. The photo above was recorded at one of the rest stops along the west side bike path that is part of Hudson River Park.

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On day two of the festival was the annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. In total there were 57 unicyclist that participated in crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of the  event. This year, close to 50 unicyclist decided to continue the 13 mile the ride to Coney Island. The riders paused at three rest stops along the route. The photo above was recorded in front of the Grand Army Plaza arch. Riders were they were greeted by even more unicyclists and jugglers at Nathan's Famous.  Later that evening, the group gathered at Dino's Wonder Wheel for a group photo. Immediately following, most have took advantage of a free ride on the Wonder Wheel.

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I cannot begin to do justice in describing all the tremendous amount of unicycle activity that occurred on Govenors Island during day three. There must have been 150 or more unicyclist present. All enjoying the activities and wheeled vehicles.  Sem and Teresa Abrams and family brought with them all types of bikes and unicycles.  Adam and Renie Cohen of Just One Wheel were there helping people learn to unicycle in addition to all of the volunteers helping out in the overflowing learning area. All of this going on with music pumping in the background courtesy of DJ Sky.Unicyclist participated in playing hockey, basketball, unicycle sumo wrestling and other activities. There was a very entertaining unicycle show with many participants.

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The final day of the festival was basically a mirror of day three with about half as many unicyclists.  The activities were similar with a few variations such as the costume contest and unicycle kite flying. The four participants of the costume contest are depicted above.

This year the festival was a quite a success with every attendee truly enjoying every day of the festival.  If you have not attended one of the seven unicycle festivals to date, you are missing a real treat as a unicyclist. Especially if you live outside of the New York area. I would be a really good idea to put it on your schedule to attend next year.

This year I myself put more emphasis on taking more photographs then in past festivals. The result is over 1,000 photos contained in the four photo albums linked above.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 5, 2016

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The 7th Annual New York City Unicycle Festival

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Once again my unicycle friends!  It is time for the 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 - Ken Springle @ August 20, 2016

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The 2015 New York City Unicycle Festival

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

That’s right unicycle enthusiasts!  It is time for the 2015 New York City Unicycle Festival.  This annual event produced by the Bindlestiff  Family Circus keeps getting bigger and more popular each year. This year it has been expanded to four days. It will be held from Thursday September 3rd – Sunday September 6.  Organizers of this festival aim to out do previous attendance records from past unicycle festivals. New this year is Thursday's big wheel ride. On Day one at 10:00am unicyclist who would like to participate with unicycle having 26"  or larger wheel will meet up at Battery Park. From Battery Park we will ride up the west side bike path and over to and around Central Park. But, the ride will not necessarily end there. Part two of the ride will continue over to the east side of Manhattan and ride back down to Battery park. Part two of the ride will take place mostly on the streets so if you are not comfortable riding in traffic you can opt out and take the subway back down to Battery park. Day two of this year's festival will be the annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. The celebration will commence with a 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 m make visits to Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park then onto to our final destination of Coney Island via the Ocean Avenue bike path. Activities at Coney Island will be announced soon. All are welcome to join us at Coney Island for activities there. No unicycle is required to participate at Coney Island amusement park. 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. 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 Noon to 5pm. Two consecutive afternoons  of unicycle activities including races, unicycle sport competitions, unicycling and juggling shows and Beginner and advance skills unicycling learning workshops. There will be raffles on both days and vendors available including Unicycle.com. Come on out and join the fun. 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. 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 2015 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 - Ken Springle @ August 18, 2015

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2014 NYC Unicycle Festival Results

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The 2014 New York City Unicycle Festival organized by the Bindlestff Family Cirkus, began on August 29th with the celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. This has been the fifth annual three day unicycle festival that has taken place in New York City. At just before 3:00pm, 66 unicycle riders gathered at the City Hall park just across from the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge walk way awaiting the signal to head over the bridge into Brooklyn. After making it to the Brooklyn side of the bridge, 46 unicycle riders decided to continue on riding through Brooklyn with Coney Island being the final destination. The tour across the  bridge and through Brooklyn was organized by Unicycle Bridge Tour. It was an incredible day weather wise with warm temperatures with low humidity and a gentle breeze.

Upon reaching Coney Island riders were greeted and joined by a host of additional participants ready to continue with the day's festivities at Coney Island. We gathered at Nathan's Famous on Surf Avenue to fuel up for the evening. Some took advantage of the free ride on the Wonder Wheel after posing for the group photo below.

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A little later that evening an incredible array of talented performers put on a show for large crowed that gathered at the Shooting Gallery Art Annex. The performers, performed nine separate acts in front of a packed house. Everyone was wowed and entertained by the dancing, riding, acrobatics, balancing, juggling and magic acts that the group performed. The show was hosted by Kyle Petersen also  known as "The Brooklyn Juggler".

Days two and three of the festival took place on Governors Island. Day two being the main day of the festival, was chock full of activities with DJ Sky King mixing on the ones and twos providing music in the background  for both days.

Available activities included: unicycle basketball, unicycle hockey, a trials course, unicycle sumo, unicycle skills performances and a whole lot more.

Staff from Just One Wheel were on hand to help teach both kids and adults how learn to ride in addition to the well attended learning center. Unicycle.com brought their trailer full of unicycles, unicycle part and accessories for purchase.

After the performances, a raffle was held where lucky ticket holders won unicycle parts and unicycle accessories. The grand prize was a brand new trials unicycle courtesy of Unicycle.com.

A great time was had by all who attended. Many expressed their appreciation for the festival and all of the activities that took place. The photos above are just a small sample of the photos taken over the three days of the festival. I hope that you take the time to view all of the photos on our Flickr site. The photo may provide a better sense of the activities that took place. I would have liked to have taken many more photos however, there was just so much to do at the festival. In any event, while you are there on the site,  you can see and enjoy all of our photo albums. Additional photos are posted each month.

This year's festival, as has the previous festivals are provided at a great cost. As such the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is continuously looking for additional funding and sponsors. If you, someone you know or, some local company r vendor would like to participate or contribute to next year's festival, do not hesitate contacting them via their website. Any assistance to having this event continue annually will certainly be appreciated.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 16, 2014

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2014 New York Unicycle Festival

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Yes people, it is again that time of the year in New York. That’s right!  It is time for the 2014 New York City Unicycle Festival.  This annual event produced by the Bindlestiff  Family Circus keeps getting bigger and more popular each year. This year it will be held from Friday August 29 – Sunday August 31.  Organizers of this festival aim to out do previous attendance records from past unicycle festivals. As in past years  the festival will kick start with the celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. The celebration begins with a unicycle ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. Many of the unicyclist will continue riding on a tour through Brooklyn organized by the Unicycle Bridge Tour group. The tour will m make visits to Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park then onto to our final destination of Coney Island via the Ocean Avenue bike path. Activities at Coney Island will be announced soon. All are welcome to join us at Coney Island for activities there. No unicycle is required to participate at Coney Island amusement park. 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. Moving  forward to main festivities on Saturday and Sunday. You need only to hop on the free ferry over to Governors Island from either the Brooklyn or Manhattan ferry terminals to arrive between Noon to 5pm. Two consecutive afternoons  of unicycle activities including races, unicycle sport competitions, unicycling and juggling shows and Beginner and advance skills unicycling learning workshops. There will be raffles on both days and vendors available including Unicycle.com. Come on out and join the fun. As it is quite expensive to present these free activities I encourage every one to help support with what ever 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. 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 2014 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 - Ken Springle @ August 7, 2014

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Unicycle Festival in the News

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

The 2013 New York City Unicycle festival made some local news stories.  Epoch Times Snaps section posted  a nice selection of photographs from the festival.  I cannot link directly to the photograph selections so please follow the link above. It is worth the click.

Next up  is the Brooklyn Paper where Will Bredderman posted an article about the fourth annual celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day and the Unicycle Festival.Click the link or the photo to get to the article.

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Next up we have the Sheepshead Bites where Willie Simpson posted and article with several photos of the unicycle ride through Brooklyn to Coney Island.

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Finally Ali Wolf reporting for Brooklyn News 12 who posted a video of the kick off of unicycle festival beginning with the initial group of participants crossing the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle day. Click the link to go the page with the video.

Of course there is nothing like being at the the unicycle festival but if you could not make it the articles and our own reporting will give you a taste of what it is like. Perhaps you will come out next year.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 15, 2013

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2013 Festival Complete

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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The 2013 New York City Unicycle Festival was as fantastic a festival as years past. We had 69 unicyclist cross over the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. Once across the group you see pictured above continued riding to the first stop at Grand Army Plazza. The ride did not end there.  We continued to ride through Prospect Park and onto Coney Island. Check all the photos that I took throughout the day and evening in the Brooklyn Unicycle day Album.

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At Coney Island we were joined by even more unicyclists, friends, family and jugglers who enjoyed a ride on the Wonder Wheel, a unicycle  and juggling entertainment show and topped off by the Friday night fireworks show. But the fun did not end there we still had two more days of unicycle fun on Governors Island.

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Saturday on Governors Island we had a host of unicycle activities that was just so much fun. We had a tremendous turn out.  We had a unicycle show and the Hell on Wheel trials course.  As always the learning center was busy throughout. Check out the photos that I took in the Saturday Unicycle Festival Album.

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Unicycle.com brought out their mobile unicycle trailer store. All types and levels of unicycles and unicycle parts were available for purchase.

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On Sunday we capped it off with even more activities including unicycle sumo wrestling, unicycle football demo and an unicycle pinata. Overall a good time was had by all and it would be hard to compare which of the four unicycle festivals were the best. I was so busy doing and seeing and conversing I did not get around to taking any where near the amount of photos for those of you that could not make it.  However, take the time to also check out the photos I did take in the Sunday Unicycle Festival Album.  I hope this gives you a taste of what goes at the three day Unicycle festival and I hope that many more of you can make out next year.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ September 8, 2013

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2013 NYC Unicycle Festival

Monday, August 12th, 2013

It is again that time of the year. That's right!  It is time for the 2013 New York City Unicycle Festival.  The annual event produced by the Bindlestiff  Family Circus keeps getting bigger and more popular each year. This year it will be held from Friday August 30 - September 1.  As in years past we will try to out do the previous years attendance of participating unicyclist. We will start by celebrating Brooklyn Unicycle day by riding across the Brooklyn Bridge then across the borough to Coney Island making brief rest stops along the way. This year in addition to the opportunity to enjoy the rides and activities at the park, there will be unicycle stage show at 8 PM. There will be a $15 general admission price for the show discounted to $10 for Brooklyn Unicycle day participants with free unicycle parking. Tickets will be available at the venue: Coney Island USA annex, 1204 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11224

Flash forward to main event festivities on Saturday and Sunday. Just hop on the free ferry over to Governors Island from Noon to 5pm. for two days of unicycle activities including races, unicycle sport competitions, shows and learning workshops. There will be raffles on both days and vendors available including Unicycle.com.

Come on out and join the fun.

As it is quite expensive to present these free activities I encourage every one to help support with what ever financial support you can afford. While purchasing Tee shirts and raffle tickets is helpful a direct donation to the cause goes a whole lot further.

The activities schedule with few exceptions will mirror previous years festival so I will refer you to 2012 festival's post further down the page or 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 2013 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 - Ken Springle @ August 12, 2013

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2012 NYC Unicycle Festival

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The third annual NYC unicycle festival will be taking place from Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd. I hope that you all are ready for some fun unicycling activities. As in the past, this year's three day unicycle festival is being organized and produced by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Participation in all events are free of charge. We are asking everyone to support the event anyway that you can by either volunteering or contributing through the NYC Unicycle Festival website. You can also contribute at the event by participating in the the daily raffles and purchasing T-shirts and other memorabilia. Sponsors are also welcome. The organizers have published the following schedule of events, some of which are subject to change. We will post additional information as it is made available to us.  Bringing or having your own unicycle is not required  for participation in many of the activities. A helmet will be required for participation on the trials course as well as new learner in the workshops.  It is optional but recommended  for other unicycling activities. Be sure to register for the festival upon arriving in the activities area on Governor Island. Friday, August 31st Brooklyn Unicycle Day - times are approximate. If you are meeting up for a portion of the ride, it is advisable to get to meet up locations 45-60 minutes prior to scheduled time. Any and all unicyclists with any size unicycle are encouraged to join in the ride over the Brooklyn Bridge.  However it is recommended that a 24 inch wheel or  larger be utilized for the ride through Brooklyn on to Coney Island. 2 pm Riders gather on the East Side of City Hall Park (on Park Row, Manhattan)) 3 pm Cross Brooklyn Bridge (all wheel sizes are encouraged) 4 pm Pass through Grand Army Plaza into Prospect Park. 5 pm Enter the Ocean Parkway Bicycle Path 6 pm Arrive at Coney Island (arrival time is approximate) 7 pm Dinner break. Buy your own food and meet by Nathan's Famous (Stillwell & Surf) 8 pm Meet at Deno's Wonder Wheel for the Coney Island Unicycle Jam 9:30 pm Fireworks Saturday, September 1st Governors Island Noon to 4:30 pm Learn to Ride Noon to 4 pm Trials Course Noon to 4:30 Open Riding 1 pm Workshop: Hopping by Jim Owen 2 pm Basketball 3 pm Record Setting Attempts 3:30 pm Races 3:55 Group Photo 4 pm Trials Course Show Off 4:30 One-Wheel Public Show 4:55 Raffle Drawing Sunday, September 2nd Governors Island Noon to 4:30 pm Learn to Ride Noon to 4 pm Trials Course Noon to 4:30 Open Riding 1 pm Workshop: Unicycle mounting by James Sui 1:30 Workshop: Wheel walking by Logan Kerr 2 pm Hockey 3-4 Relays and Games 3:30 Sumo Wrestling 4 pm Trials Course Show Off 4:30 One-Wheel Public Show 4:55 Raffle Drawing I hope that many of you will be participating in on multiple days.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ August 20, 2012

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The First Annual New York City Unicycle Festival has come and gone. I took some time to chat with organizer Keith Nelson about how it all played out.  Here's what he had to say...

NYUC: What were the high points of the First Annual New York City Unicycle Festival?

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Still celebrating the fact on our first year of producing the festival we put together one of the largest gatherings of one wheelers in North America


NYUC: How many people attended?

The main event on Governors Island had 305 registered riders and a good number of renegade riders also took part. We also estimate that nearly 2000 people spent a bit of time spectating the events.


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Open riding on Governors Island, photo courtesy of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


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A major challenge and goal was to make sure that nearly 50 unicycle riders would be able to safely cross Brooklyn on one wheel. Knowing that many of the riders would not be familiar with urban riding, extensive preparations were a part of designing the route and making sure we had the support necessary.


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Freestyle/Street Trials demonstration on Governors Island,
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NYUC: How long have you been a unicyclist?

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Festival Director Keith Nelson rides to Coney Island


NYUC: What is your background?

My organizational and van packing skills go back to the fact that I am an Eagle Scout.


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NYUC: Have your other skills made it easier to learn the unicycle. How?

As a circus entertainer I understand what it takes to accomplish an "impossible" feat. Practicing is a part of my daily life, so spending 15 to 60 minutes a day trying to go 10 feet on one wheel made sense to me, Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee. Portland, Oregon.  And now riding 40-50 miles on one wheel makes sense.


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King Charles Troupe in action, photo courtesy of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


NYUC: Who helped out with the festival?

The list of people and groups that helped make the festival happen is large.


One of my main co-conspirators is Rob Hickman. He is the other person behind the NYC Unicycle Bridge Tour. Rob helped organize the Brooklyn Unicycle Day ride and put together the Uni Movie Series that happened at Governors Island.


BUY Anti Flu Face Mask ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION, The staff and volunteer crew of Bindlestiff were instrumental in making it happen. Over 15 years of making Cirkus happen was a good foundation to make one year of Uni Fest happen.


The Hell on Wheel Gang (based in Chatham, San Diego, California. Dallas, Texas. San Antonio, Texas, NY) has been helping fuel my one wheel obsession, and when it came to putting the festival together, Anti Flu Face Mask from canadian pharmacy, these are the folks I turned to to build the trials course, run games, and generally help out.


Since the first idea of creating the Unicycle Festival, The New York Unicycle Club has been a great resource, Anti Flu Face Mask over the counter. Many of the volunteers for the festival came through the NY club. It was through the NY crew that we met our logo designer (Michael Samuel), Indianapolis, Indiana, San Francisco, California, the housing coordinator (Tina Rosser), and many of the folks on the planning committee. The NYUC was very instrumental in getting the word out to the one wheeled world. And they were an excellent host for Sunday's activities.


Bindlestiff's involvement in the NYC Juggling community also provided a number of the instrumental figures who made it all happen including DJ Sky King and volunteer coordinator Andrew Peterson.


It was a privilege to have Kip Anthony Jones and the entire crew of King Charles Troupe involved.


And special thanks to all the lone-wolf volunteers who helped make it happen.


NYUC: What can you say about growing the unicycle community?

The amount of coverage will undoubtedly help the unicycle community grow, BUY Anti Flu Face Mask ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION. There were a number of folks who took part in the festival that did not know that there were other riders around, japan, craiglist, ebay, hcl. Providing opportunities for people to try to ride will help it grow. I just wish we could have had a vendor or two at the festival so people could get excited about learning to ride and then be able to leave with the main tool necessary, Where can i buy Anti Flu Face Mask online, a unicycle.


NYUC: What do you have planned for next year's Festival?

We are already planning the 2011 festival. I anticipate 100 riders will take part on the Bridge/long distance ride. I would not be surprised if the main day brings over 500 riders to Governors Island.


I hope we can find the sponsorship necessary to bring a few international one wheel acts to the festival.


And we aim to offer a public show highlighting the talent.




BUY Anti Flu Face Mask ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION, Rolling to the Brooklyn Bridge.  On the right... it's Can Man!


NYUC: How would you explain the Festival to newcomers?

The NYC Unicycle Festival seeks to spread the one-wheel experience across North America and the globe, buy Anti Flu Face Mask online cod. Whether you are looking for a road to good health, a single wheeling life-style riding along the boardwalk at sunset, Anti Flu Face Mask withdrawal, or  an adrenaline junky's adventure, there is a wheel for you.  With the continuing growth of the festival and the greater unicycle community, we are anticipating a massive rise in unicycle popularity across the Big Apple and look forward to a day in which we have a one wheel lane on all bridges, kjøpe Anti Flu Face Mask online, bestill Anti Flu Face Mask online, uni racks at schools and the grocery store, and a "No Unicycling" sign on the steps of City Hall.


NYUC: Thanks, Anti Flu Face Mask 5mg, Keith!

You can find future updates from Keith at NYCUnifest.com and at Bindlestiff.org.  Find out more about Governors Island here. If you want to help support the future of the NYC Unicycle Festival, tax deductible donations can be sent to Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc.

Keith was born in Massachusetts and raised in North Carolina.  He says he doesn't like "heights or stupidity" and that he loves "to entertain his majesty, the people.".

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