A Little Magic

Reason Enough to Ride

I’m sometimes asked, “Why all the pretty pictures?” It’s simple. EcoVelo’s primary reason for being is to inspire others to ride bicycles for transportation (read our mission statement here). The many practical benefits of bicycling may be motivation enough for some, but to be honest, what gets many of us regular bike commuters back on our bikes day-after-day are the pure joys of riding. My intention is to capture a little of the magic that we experience on the road and share it here, with the hope that it will inspire others to park their cars and give transportational bicycling a try.

12 Responses to “A Little Magic”

  • clifford says:

    I work in sustainable transportation programming, and I love your shots. They’ve been the aesthetic launchpad for transportation campaign we’re just putting together now, with video and stills. Our big hope is to get something from the photographers in the same visual language that you do.

  • Alan says:

    Clifford,

    Do you mind if I ask the name of the organization you work for? I’d love to see the finished product…

    Alan

  • Adam says:

    Great photo, I’m in the bay area and the clouds have made for some great photos lately. Ride on!

  • clifford says:

    @ Alan,
    Peterborough Moves (peterboroughmoves.com), specifically the Shifting Gears program that I coordinate. I also am co-director of B!KE: The Peterborough Community Bike Shop (communitybikeshop.org). I’ll try to let you know when we’ve got some things together.
    Cheers.

  • Alan says:

    @Clifford

    “I’ll try to let you know when we’ve got some things together.”

    Thanks, please do. Keep up the good work!

    Alan

  • ksteinhoff says:

    You mean you don’t have any pictures of you sitting in the mud changing a tire while rain pours down and you’re swatting mosquitoes with both hands (in the dark).

  • ksteinhoff says:

    After seeing your stuff for a year or more, I’m finding myself including my bike in more pictures.

    Up until recently I always tried to remove all traces of myself from the shots.

  • Alan says:

    @Ken

    :-))

  • Alan says:

    @Ken

    “Up until recently I always tried to remove all traces of myself from the shots.”

    Spoken like a true photojournalist. ;-) I enjoy your photos, Ken, and I particularly like seeing you and your bike; it’s always nice to put a face with the words.

    Alan

  • andy parmentier says:

    charles dickens was a walker. it inspired his art. i’ve found that unless i’m on a bike, i don’t blog.
    beethoven was a perambulator as well. rhythm and shoes.

  • Sweet William says:

    Please keep up the glorious shots.
    It does take a while to download.
    But it is invariably uplifting!

  • Ian says:

    This man has been a ‘fan’ of yours since your site was dedicated to recumbents only. My struggle with cancer has kept me off my bike since a year ago, BUT..your beautiful photos remind this guy of the splendor of the created world around us. This morning in church we read the entire Psalm 19 which fits in so well with your posts re the little and large things which declare the ‘glory of God’ as we gaze in awe at the artistry of His hand. Your site is one of His gifts to this bicycler ‘wanna-be’. Keep up the great photography.

 
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