Saturday 24 August 2019

'Usually, once people try it, they don't go back'

Jean José García Molina

Transport: Electric unicycle

Distance: 11km

Time: 30-35 minutes

Jean Jose Garcia Molina from Blanchardstown pictured with his Electric Unicycle in the Pheonix Park. Photo: Frank McGrath
Jean Jose Garcia Molina from Blanchardstown pictured with his Electric Unicycle in the Pheonix Park. Photo: Frank McGrath

Spanish tech worker Jean José García Molina has got used to the slack-jawed stares when he comes into view, effortlessly whizzing down the street on his electric unicycle, and if he is seen by some as a figure of fun, he feels he is getting the last laugh.

"It's one of the very best ways to commute in any city," he says. "Ever since I've started using one of these, my commuting times have been greatly reduced. You don't have to worry about being stuck on a bus in heavy traffic, and I feel happy to travel on one of these unicycles in pretty much any weather."

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Besides shortening the commute, Jean (24) also likes to travel into Dublin city centre from his home in Blanchardstown. He points out that he can easily take the unicycle on public transport if needs be. "They're not heavy, but they're very well built and once you get used to it, you feel very secure."

He says he places great importance on wearing hi-vis, protective clothing, including a helmet, and he says the vast majority of e-transport users he has met are keen to demonstrate their respect for the rules of the road.

Jean is well known among the community - he is among the founders of eride.ie, a 100-strong group of people who are united by a love of electric scooters, e-bikes, electric skateboards and unicycles. "More and more people are discovering that this is for them," he says. "And, usually, once they try it, they don't go back."

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