One of the main strategic underpinnings of New Mobility Agenda, and certainly of everything that appears here in World Streets, is that if we are ever to reinvent transportation in our cities, as we so badly need to do, we must in the process free ourselves from our old ways of seeing, thinking and doing things. For example, when you think “bicycle” . . .
You and I, for example, think we know exactly what a bicycle is. And while that may apply 99 times out of 100, if we look more closely we are going to see quite a few variations which also need to be taken into consideration. And ditto by the way for what constitutes “safe cycling”.
* The Conference Bike takes all this from a different angle, so what about a quick visit to their video which you can access directly by clicking here.
You will also find a contribution with some background information on how it works here in World Streets by the inventor of the conference bike, Eric Staller. If you click here you will see his full text.
And in case this strikes you as a totally frivolous and even counter-productive gadget in the broader New Mobility context that interests us here — and indeed the little video is delightfully light — it may be useful for you to know that these strange “heptacycles” have other uses as well.
In Dublin for instance they are used to let blind children tour the city at safe times. In Paris, ditto for children with mental and physical handicaps, usually in conjunction with the protected weekly mass bike runs. And of course to help participants in the Accelerated Learning sessions get together in a different way. It can be a great way for people to see your city, together.
We like Conference Bikes because once you are on one of them and talking to others about cycling in cities as you all peddle away together on the city streets, you per force have a different view of the whole thing. A useful step to what we need to get going with better policies.
Consider getting one to bring people together as part of your next conference or event. Enjoy the ride. Together
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