Showing posts with label canberra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label canberra. Show all posts

16 August 2011

Subversive Bicycle Photos from Canberra

Canberra, Australia 1950
After our Subversive Bicycle Photos from Queensland post wherein we use historical photographs to bust some myths about the bicycle's role in cities, we now offer you some subversive vintage shots from Canberra. Photos that some avid cyclists and most car lobbyists DON'T want you to see in case you get the idea that cycling is a normal, everyday transport form performed in regular clothes and on any ol' bicycle. God forbid.

One of our readers found a film in the national archives and these shots are a screen grab. They feature Vintage Cycle Chic on the streets of the Australia capital in the 1950's.
Canberra, Australia 1950
The shots feature office workers heading out from work for their lunch break.

Many of the commenters on this blog post over at RiotAct 'How Dedicated Bike Lanes Work in Amsterdam 'should have a look because there's a whole lot of mythifying goin' on in the comments.

When I'm travelling and speaking I always encourage local bicycle advocates to get digging in their local archives to find similar photos of the bicycle's role in the history of the city. Simply because such images have been forgotten for more than a generation and they serve to bring the reality of bicycle transport to the surface once again. Using the past to illustrate the future.

26 September 2008

Politics and Bikes... well, just bikes

Fogh Rasmussen and George Bush
While people discussing bikes is generally a good thing, I think that there are maybe more important issues for both the American president as well as the Danish prime minister to be dealing with.

The Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and George Bush met up a few days ago. The meeting should have been all about the Iraq War but it ended up being mostly about bikes.

The formal reason for the meeting was a extremely private reception for the 'coalition' partners behind the Iraq War, hosted by George Bush and the Iraqi president Jalal Talabani.

"President Talabani thanked the countries involved for the liberation and the stabilisation of Iraq under difficult circumstances. He expressed, on behalf of the Iraqi people, gratitude for those who undertook such a project", said Fogh Rasmussen at a press conference at the Danish Consulate General in New York today.

The Iraq War was far from the most important subject during Fogh Rasmussen's short meeting with the president.

"I can tell you that Bush and I mostly talked about cycling. I filled him in about my ride up Alpe d'Huez last summer and he told me that he had recently acquired a new mountain bike", said Fogh Rasmussen.

Earlier this year the prime minister visited the president's ranch near Crawford, Texas where the two men raced against each other on their bikes. Bush praised Fogh Rasmussen for being in 'indescribably good shape'.

When the president steps down in January, there may be time for a new race in Crawford.

"If I can find the time, he will try to do the same after January", said Fogh Rasmussen in New York.


In other news involving Danish civil servants, the Danish ambassador to Australia has signed up to be an ... ambassador... for Bicycle Victoria's National Ride to Work Day on October 15, 2008.

Bicycle Victoria
The Ambassador of Denmark, Mrs Susanne Shine, has announced the Danish Embassy and Consulate will take part in National Ride to Work Day this year.

Mrs Shine will be our first National Ride to Work Day Ambassador who actually will be an Ambassador. Official diplomatic participation in the event is a first.

Denmark has a powerful bicycle culture and Mrs Shine hopes to demonstrate this by committing her staff to the Ride to Work event.

Her nation sets an outstanding example for Australia to follow: everyday one in three in Copenhagen gets on their bike to go to work. This adds up to 1.2 million kilometres on bikes each day.

Australian cities are now utilising Danish expertise to "Copenhagenize" Australia's urban landscapes.

27 May 2008

Dreams on Wheels - Copenhagen Bike Culture Exhibition

Dreams on Wheels Logo
The Dreams on Wheels exhibition has morphed into v.2.0 and is now showing around the world. Well... not NOW, but all through 2009.

First stop: Edinburgh.
Showing at the Royal Botanical Gardens from the 24 January to 21 March 2009.

Read this article/interview from the Sydney Morning Herald for more info.

Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic are pleased to be included in a travelling exhibition about Danish bike culture which opened in Canberra, Australia earlier this year.

Dreams on Wheels is curated by Thomas Ermacora, founder of Etikstudio, for the Danish Foreign Ministry and is scheduled to travel to many cities around the world between now and the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next year, called COP15. The show in Canberra accompanies the reopening of the Danish Embassy in the Australian capital.
The pay and park commuter
A Copenhagen City Bike and my posters behind it, taken by a local.

An earlier incarnation of the exhibition was shown at the Danish House in Paris, The Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen and the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

The concept is driven by the motivation to illustrate how a “cyclocentric” approach to urban development stimulates environmental concern and sustainable civic behaviour.

Admission is free and open to people of all ages. Here's the website, from the Danish Embassy.

There is a great programme, including cycle films and speakers.

20 Danish bike brands are represented, from Biomega to Velorbis and you can try a Copenhagen City Bike. Jan Gehl, the urban planner, and his company Gehl Architects are represented and you can also learn about cycling life in other Danish cities.

The exhibition will be cloned and presented in various other cities simultaneously, starting with Australian cities this summer [their winter]. I'll keep you updated as to where the show is heading.

Here's a note from one of our readers who saw it:
"Fantastic exhibition. Canberra's a good cycling town, too, but nothing like Copenhagen!

The funny thing, though, is that the exhibition is right on the route I take along the lake to get to and from my partner's place. The night it opened, I was cruising along the bike path, and found that it was completely blocked by a great big marquee, and heaps of people drinking champagne. I was outraged that some bastards were blocking the path, and wondered who would make cycling so difficult. I dismounted to walk my bike through the crowds, and soon realised that it was an exhibition promoting cycling! Classic."

While we're at it, there are some new t-shirt designs over at the online boutique:
Copenhagenize Flag t-shirt
copenhagen tracks t-shirt
I Like Bike - Bike Like Me T-shirt Make Bike Not Car t-shirt