In cities, along roadsides all over the world, are white bikes – ghost bikes. They are locked to polls, posts and fences and serve as reminders of a cyclist, of cyclists, killed at that point. The tragedy is that these are found all over the world, and that most people are well aware of the icon and its intent. Continue reading
“They are heading back to another location up there. Everybody likes to ride down the hill. I have to take them back up.” Continue reading
“I modified it to my needs. It was far more aggressive but I changed that. The handlebars are turned back and it is much better.” Continue reading
“La revolution passera par le velo, camarade. Ah! La bicyclette! Elle te permet d’aller 5 fois plus vite que la piéton, tu dépenses 5 fois moins d’énergie et tu vas 5 plus loin. En vérité, je te le dis , camarde, la revolution passera par le vélo.” Julos Beaucarne Continue reading
Seen (often) at the Velorution Gigantische Fiets Parade. It might be a presumption, but a love of disco seems de rigour here. One of the most vivid riders on the day.
“You steer it with your feet. We just built it, so we have not had a chance to see how fast it can go. We’ve only done about 100 kilometres.”
“It came out of the factory like this. It is a defect. They started with one wheel and then finished with the other.” Continue reading
“Can I ride your bike?”
“Sure, let me adjust the seat.” Continue reading
I struggled with when to post this image. After all, the Gigantische Fiets Parade (Gibantic Bicycle Parade) was a celebration of cycling and, for the week following the event, I have promoted pro-cycling images. Over 2,000 cyclists out to celebrate and encourage cycling. An event held on a national holiday, well controlled by organisers – and yet the impatience of some drivers to cyclists brought about both verbal abuse and physical attack. Continue reading
I like simple messages. Not simplistic. Simple. As the 2015 Velorution Bike Parade comes to an end on this blog, we close with an ideal and an invitation.
This was perhaps the clearest message from the Velorutiuon Gigantic Bike Parade – that bikes are and will continue to be, the future of cities. Best to simply join up now. Paris based Velorution is continuing its on-the-road advocacy with weekly bike parades through the city.