I'm back from my vacation, sifting through my thousands of photos. I'm so inspired by the urban cycling movement in São Paulo, Brazil! From new bike lanes, to bike parties to bike angels - Paulistas are so committed to making their home a better place to live! And ride! And coexist! Stay tuned to meet some inspiring people and see some exciting changes to the bike landscape of the largest metropolis in the Southern Hemisphere.
I am going on vacation (yay!) for two and a half weeks to Brazil. I'll be visiting one of my favorite bike cities - São Paulo - so stay tuned for updates when I come home from my travels. In the meantime, I will leave the blog in the capable hands of my contributors (ladies?), and leave you with this thought to ponder: where will your bike take you this year? from Barcelona Cycle Chic from Barcelona by Bart Omeu from Copenhagen by Franz-Michael S. Mellbin from Holland by Dutch Street Impressions from Santiago de Chile by Claudio Olivares Medina from New York by apicadaybymarielle from Atlanta by Cameron Adams from England by Velocipedinarian from Northern Ireland by Lovely Bicycle! from Florida by Simply Bike Reporting back here in February. You can also follow Vélo Vogue on twitter and facebook for occasional updates/insights from my trip.
did you know that one of San Francisco's favorite cyclists Patricia Dolores bird is running an indiegogo campaign to help support a 2013 summer bird/man bike tour? got some change to spare? you might consider giving some to this little dinosaur lady.
photo credit calvinfornia
photo credit calvinfornia
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I make yearly goals, not resolutions. I usually make tangible goals that I know I can achieve. This year, I'm making some bike-specific goals, because riding my bike makes me happy, and I want to be happier! 1. Ride my bike more. Not that I don't ride my bike. I pretty much ride every day. But I ride mostly for point A to B-ism as Mikael puts it. I bought Seasbiscuit for a reason. I am in love with this bike. I want to spend more time with her. I'm thinking day-long rides when we can really get to know each other. I want to test the limits of our love. Ain't no mountain we cannot climb! 2. Ride Butterlap 6 times. I always want to ride Butterlap. But I work until 6 pm and I have a dog. I have to go straight home after work and walk him, so I'm always jealous when I see that my friends have gathered to ride Butter. But there are plenty of Wednesdays when I work from home and can join the ride. I'm going to make the most of those days. Even if I have to meet the gang halfway through and ride a Butter-Light. 3. Go bike camping with friends at least once. I never felt I had the right bicycle to go bike camping. Le Rouge et Noir was a pain in the ass, the Storm Trooper is too slow, The Monkey is, well, a monkey, and Le Beurre et Sucre is too light and fun to strap gear onto. Seabiscuit is just right for bike camping. And as of yesterday, I have one pannier. So 2013 is the year that The Horse takes me on a camping trip. 4. Gear up for riding in the rain. I must admit, if the rain is coming down hard, I wimp out and take the bus. But I LOATHE the bus. I always wish I was on my bike when I am crammed against smelly, sick people who are having annoying conversations on public transportation. I wish I was experiencing the Zen feeling I have when I'm on my bike, connected to the road, my city, my surroundings, the other people transporting themselves, and Myself - my lungs, my blood, my heartbeat, my sweat, my breath, my nerves. When I was a kid and even a teenager, I loved getting caught in the rain. I want to get caught again. And possibly even look good in it. 5. Take my dog on my bike more! I got my bike basket late in 2012 with the intention of bringing Rookie to work more often. Then I got laid off, and now I'm freelancing again. So I'll have to settle for taking Rookie on recreational rides rather than rush hour. With Spring around the corner, there will be plenty of opportunities! I must also devise a way to get Cloud rolling with me. Wish me luck in 2013 and the same to you!
Seeing how the other half lives often puts our own daily trials and tribulations into perspective. Sometimes you can step into someone else's shoes through watching a film. Or hop on someone else's saddle. Take Wadjda, for example, an award-winning film about women's rights in Saudi Arabia, told through the tale of a young girl and a green bicycle. I sure hope Wadjda comes to San Francisco. How could we make it happen? Here's a clip from the film. What's more, 10-year old actress Waad Mohammed not only talks the talk, but walks the walk, right onto the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival. Wherever you are in the world, we cyclists all tell the same story: on a bicycle, you feel liberated, independent, free.