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Jonathan Tolhurst last won the day on November 28 2016

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  1. Electric cars 'will not solve transport problem,' report warns https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48875361
  2. This popped up in my newsfeed https://www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk/news/police-officers-seize-motorised-unicycle-1-9595668/amp
  3. A very short film of old tricks for a presentation I am doing. I do miss riding regularly ☺️
  4. @Brandon Cohen - whatever you decide to get, be careful not to leave your EUC in reach of your baby/toddler - they have a high affinity for seeking out and pressing buttons! I have had to lock my wheel away for this very reason ☺️ I believe some wheels can be immobilized via their app.
  5. See BBC News Article from 21 September 2018. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45596449
  6. Have you tried "spinning" with the long selfie stick? It's a really weird feeling as once you get going you have to really fight the air resistance.
  7. I saw this on the BBC and thought I would share it: Should rules be changed for electric scooters in London? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-45608874
  8. I wish, I rarely get a chance to go for a ride nowadays! I spend what would have been my "practice time" riding scooters and climbing trees with my toddler. I wouldn't change it for the world though. He's just a little bit too young to learn to ride the wheel yet
  9. UK riders - Just a reminder that the DfT Open consultation - "Future of mobility call for evidence" closes on the September 2018. I would strongly encourage all UK riders (and distributors) to complete the survey - this is the best opportunity we may have to get the legislation amended. You only need to complete the questions that are relevant. This PDF gives info on the survey.... https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/730109/future-of-mobility-easy-read-info-booklet.pdf The survey itself can be filled in here.... https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FUTMOB/ Further Information: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-mobility-call-for-evidence
  10. Thank you @Scully for highlighting this - I have now completed the survey - Q15 is especially relevant to our issues here in the UK! It would be helpful if as many UK riders could complete this survey. Hopefully, some of the UK retailers will also consider completing it - I have emailed to Speedyfeet, Project42 & Uniwheel.
  11. From reading the article (link below) you could also be fined £500 for climbing trees or flying kites in Wandsworth parks! Were you stopped by "real police" or "Parks Police" (I believe there are parks police in Battersea Park)? If you haven't already done so, please consider writing to your local MP, the mayor of London and the dfT RE: EUCs. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-borough-of-wandsworth-to-issue-fines-of-up-to-500-for-climbing-trees-flying-kites-or-playing-a3768126.html
  12. BBC News Article from today RE: "Hover Skates" and the dreaded Highways Act of 1835 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44952844
  13. I was walking past the Uniwheel offices just this lunchtime and they still appear to be in the same block although they might of moved units? I have rung the buzzer a few times previously but no-one answered. I've never seen anyone riding a Uniwheel despite working about 200 meters from their office! I wouldn't mind having a chat with the team and see how the wheel handles... I did see someone whizz down Borough High Street on a Kingsong today which was the first wheel I have seen in a while.
  14. Response from the Mayor of London: -- From: Mayor of London <XXXXXXX@london.gov.uk> Date: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 1:46 PM Subject: RE: MGLA230218-4507 Dear Mr Tolhurst Thank you for your email to the Mayor regarding Electric Unicycles and kindly inviting him to discuss this matter further. I am very sorry but, whilst the Mayor is extremely grateful for the invitation, I am afraid that his schedule is extremely busy over the coming months, so he is unable to accept. Your wider point regarding UK legislation would, in any case, need to be discussed further with the Department for Transport, which is responsible for national legislation. Thank you again for writing to the Mayor. Yours sincerely, Claire Hamilton --
  15. Please see below for my MPs response to my letter - I read this as "thank you for your letter but no thank you" There are potentially related local sensitivities to this: In my area last summer there was an epidemic of Motorbikes being ridden dangerously on roads and pavements with a lot of wider community anger. The more I have looked into how lobbying seems to work, the more I think that a successful UK campaign would need to include lobbying from manufacturers and distributors. I still await a response from the Mayor of London! -- From: Sarah Jones MP <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX> Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 2:25 PM Subject: (Case Ref: SJ3989) Electric unicycles To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Dear Jonathan, Thank you for your letter regarding considerate use of electric unicycles on footpaths. I agree that it is important to explore innovative transport solutions that can help reduce congestion and decrease the impact of commuting on the environment. It's important that we continue to explore innovative transport solutions, while ensuring that existing transport options are not compromised by these changes. I recognise that electric unicycle users are in a difficult position, as these devices are not permitted on footpaths as they are considered a motor vehicle, but they do not meet the necessary safety standards to be used on the road either (see: https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/road-traffic-offences#dot). However, as these vehicles travel at faster speeds than the average walking speed, providing for their use among pedestrian traffic is challenging, particularly on narrow footpaths and in crowded areas. I will continue to follow this issue closely and will keep your thoughts in mind if this issue comes up in Parliament. Thanks again for your letter. Best wishes, Sarah Jones MP Labour Member of Parliament for Croydon Central --
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