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Move over e-bikes, electric unicycles gaining ground on Vancouver streets

Move over e-bikes, electric unicycles gaining ground on Vancouver streets

Tony Davies, 73, recently rode his electric unicycle 110 kilometres up the Sea to Sky Highway from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler. He won’t be doing…

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Tony Davies, 73, recently rode his electric unicycle 110 kilometres up the Sea to Sky Highway from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler. He won’t be doing that again. (Gian Paolo Mendoza/CBC) A few years ago, all Tom Bramble wanted was to solve his very Vancouver commuting problem.

Cycling to his downtown office made the most sense, but the odds of his bike still being where he locked it at the end of the work day were not good.

"I was worried about buying a bicycle and it being stolen after being chained to a lamppost or parts going missing," he said. "So I started exploring options and came across electric unicycles."

Electric unicycles — EUCs for short — are compact, battery-rechargeable, single-wheel devices small enough to carry and keep at a desk. Unlike an e-scooter or e-bike, there are no handlebars. The rider stands astride the wheel on flip-out foot rests and makes it go and steers by subtly shifting their body weight, similar to a Segway.

"It seemed like such an elegant solution to my problem," said Bramble. "It’s a briefcase that can take you hundreds of kilometres for just a few cents. And it’s super fun." EUCs, short for electric unicycles, are growing in popularity 3 days ago Duration 0:31 Tony Davies was also an early EUC adopter, although, at age 73, he is not typical of riders who tend to skew younger. The retired taxi company dispatch manager bought his first "wheel" six years ago and has upgraded a few times […]

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