This new website is a natural next step forward for me, both in personal terms and in relation to my last project, The Recumbent Blog. The Recumbent Blog had a good 3+ year run with nearly 800 posts. Before it went into stasis, it was logging approximately 200,000 page views per month and was established as one of the more popular recumbent-specific sites on the web. That was all well and good, but when my interests evolved away from recreational cycling toward transportational and utility cycling, my motivation to stay on topic diminished. When I realized a major portion of my output was no longer related specifically to recumbents, I made the decision to shut down the site and move on (no worries ‘bent riders, it will remain on the web indefinitely as a resource for the ‘bent community at its old address, www.recumbentblog.com).
Bicycles for Transportation
As we’re all aware, bikes are terribly under-utilized for transportation here in the U.S. We enthusiasts often exacerbate the problem by treating bicycles as objets d’art, to be admired for their beauty and cleverness, while simultaneously using them only as sporting goods, in a manner no different than we’d use a snowboard or tennis racket. No doubt, bicycles are beautiful things, and cycling is a wonderful sport, but our severely limited view of bicycles does this most powerful and versatile tool a terrible disservice. In these times of global warming, declining oil reserves, and an exploding world population, those of us with the means need to take whatever steps we can to improve the situation, one of which is to seriously consider alternatives to fossil-fuel-based personal transport. Given the right circumstances and sufficient motivation (>$4 a gallon gas maybe?), I believe bicycles can be an important part of the solution for many people.
Why This Site?
EcoVelo is the public expression of my personal commitment to reduce my impact on the environment by employing bicycles as my primary mode of transport. By sharing what I learn from this endeavor, while also providing an aesthetically pleasing experience that celebrates the beauty of the bicycle and the joys of everyday bike riding, I hope to inspire others to make a similar commitment.
For my long time readers who followed me from The Recumbent Blog, welcome back. And for my first time visitors, I’m glad you found me; thanks for stopping by. As with any website or blog, this is a living document that, given sufficient nurturing, will grow and improve over time. As it does, I hope it meets or exceeds your expectations and proves to be useful, if not inspiring.