It appears that one of the simplest but most effective ways to publicize footbiking is to be seen doing it. I’ve been concentrating on racking up the miles lately, and a way to keep it interesting is to go lots of places. A corollary to that is that I’m seen by lots of people.
I’m getting used to folks voicing approving comments – kids dig it:
There’s that bike-scooter!
Cool! A teenaged surfer with a board mounted on his beach cruiser passed me, and in the matter-of-fact tone that hip, blasé youngsters use, stated,
That’s awesome. The uniqueness factor seems to spark much of the interest.
I’m sensitive to people rubber-necking in my direction, too, when we pass, and throw ’em a smile, and return waves when I get them. This attention comes from kids and pedestrians all the way up to serious bicyclists and is overwhelmingly positive, and as I had hoped, some are even finding more information on the ‘net.
This morning a fellow called to me from his yard on a side street, interested in the scooter. I gave him the short history, about how a Finnish sled-racer had developed it so as to be able to train in the summer. Indicating the name on the downtube, I said,
It’s a Kickbike…
I know; my interviewer said,
I looked it up on the Internet.
So when you kick, be seen, and be friendly. Something’s gotta give!