Viva la Velorution

Someone just asked to be my friend because of our shared support if the Velorution!

Do you know about that??...

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A combination of the words velo (bike) and revolution. It refers to the mass acceptance of bicycles which will allegedly replace a car driven society with a bike-driven one. The velorution is awfully desultory in its specific goals.

Critical Mass is an offspring of the Velorution.

Velorution is also part of the progressive ideals, although riding a bike has nothing to do with politics. Many people who "support" riding bikes do not actually ride bikes.

People who claim to support velorution are usually deemed poseurs if they do not ride for transportation for any reason.
Poseurs will usually say "its too dangerous to ride" without knowing how to ride in traffic; have bike racks on their cars as a self-righteous gesture; support bike lanes without knowing anything about bikes; say things like, "I would ride a bike if..."

The Velorution is most popular in cities like Austin, Athens, New Orleans, Portland, Eugene, Seattle, San Fran, Madison. Mainly the Northwest and Northern California.

Members of the velorution either.
1.Want bicycle lanes/paths:
Bike lanes present turning conflicts and actually make riding bikes more dangerous, therefore the concept has not been totally accepted in the United States.
Education is being tried to teach children and adults about safety when riding bicycles in traffic.
3.Community Building:
Community is sought through establishing institutions like the Yellow Bike Project, which provides local bike riders with a place to make repairs on their bikes.
The velorution will not be motorized!


katy yelland said...

I think the Paris "velorution" is a great idea. However, I heard that they're thinking about implementing a similar scheme for cars in the same city. I guess the reasoning behind it is to encourage more people to abandon the idea of owning a car, and to drive only when necessary. The fact that a lot of traffic lanes have been changed into cycle lanes would also contribute to this.
But still - it seems a bit contradictory to provide a city with lots of bikes in order to be greener, then supply it with a load of free cars. I'm not sure I'm convinced by Delanoe's reasoning.

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