When we first got involved with the sport of kick biking was hard to find any devotees, even online. We couldn't find any in person here in Japan. There were lots of kick bikers in Finland, Holland and the Scandinavian countries. There was even a reasonably sized organization in the US loosely coupled to a forum on Yahoo. Rapidly that's changing. There are more and more participants and more and more organizations supporting them and the sport springing up around the globe.
The latest one we found is a new French kick biking association. I won't try to pronounce the association name because my French is terrible, you'll have to attempt it by yourself. The group does seem extremely well organized and has regular competitive events. They even have a manual French championship as part of the IKSA Eurocup initiative. And, members actively participate in quite a number of marathons, semi-Marathons, and half Marathons, and bicycling races, etc. that are held regularly throughout France. There is no mention on their website whether or not they attempted to join the Tour de France, but I'm sure they turned out to watch it in force.
As you might expect, the organization has an FAQ page that includes all the typical questions. Where can I buy a foot bike; is it difficult to learn; how fast can you go; how often do you change feet; what's the hardest part to learn; is it easy to maintain; you carry luggage; is it safe...?
It's great to see interest in the sport growing so rapidly. At the same time were wondering why the sport hasn't taken off here in Japan. It seems like a natural. Kids in our neighborhood all have really cheap razor scooters. A lot of their parents, who are young adults, also use them. And the Japanese, to a large extent, are bicycle fanatics. But, so far, there really hasn't been much interest that we can see in kick biking or even adult scootering. We're doing everything we can to change that, of course.