13 August 2010

Danish Cargo Bike Solidarity Race in Arizona

This is brilliant. If you're unable to attend the Danish Cargo Bike Championships, just hold your own. Nevermind if you're in Arizona. Or that you're the only cargo bike in a radius of 1000 km. Just get stuck in.

I'll let Cargobikecult do all the explaining. Check out their blogpost about the Danish Cargo Bike Championship Solidarity Race.

For loads of cargo bike photos check out our Flickr photoset.


lagatta à montréal said...

Just wanted to tell you I saw a dad (presumably) with two children in a cargo bike bac pedalling along a busy street in Montréal yesterday, rush hour.

We're getting there!

Mikael said...

wonderful, maria!

Anonymous said...

I've just read your post on your trip to Abu Dhabi. Kinda like Brazil insomuch as I don't feel safe at all to cycle along the streets of my town, Brasília, the country's capital. But I cycle nevertheless, at least to go to work, where I can leave the bike unattended without feeling certain it won't be there whe I come back. Plus, I wear a helmet. I'd so much rather not, but the false sense of security it gives me is so needed when there's little between going out on the streets on a bike and deciding to not take the risk, after all. There are good people fighting for the bicycle space on the streets of Brazil, of course. Some of them get killed in the process. I don't want to become a martyr.

The above is supposed to serve as an introduction to this comment's main theme. I've been following the "Dreams on Wheels" exhibition schedule for some time, hoping that it would come to Brazil some day. It has. In fact, if you click on "travel schedule" on the exhibition site, you will be able to see that it is currently being shown right here in Brasilia, Brazil's capital, the city where I (still) live. Funny, because I happened to go to the museum yesterday with my wife - not on our bikes, unfortunately, we wish we could - to find out the exhibit is no longer there. Again, on the site it reads, quite unmistakably, that the exhibition would be open up to August the 16th. Well... so much for Brasilia, I guess. A city that was built for cars and for cars only, where it's hard to even find a sidewalk, let alone a bike path. It wouldn't be right to show people, right in the middle of the city's government centre, that it's possible to think bicycle now, would it? Why educate the population? No need to. It's all pretty logical. Consistent, also, with the fact that Brasilia's branch of the National Library, that stands right beside the museum, is empty on a saturday afternoon. Oh, well, one isn't really allowed to have access to the books or any other services offered by the Library on saturdays afternoon. Go figure.

This all may have nothing to do with anything, Mr. Andersen, I don't want to be impertinent. But I gather you have a little of yourself in this exhibition. I think you have the right to know how it's being disrespectfully treated in this continental country of ours... down here.

And, as opposed to Montréal, we're getting nowhere!