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Project


What we are doing and why we are doing it

Project


What we are doing and why we are doing it

Our project is born as a reaction to the political inertia towards the climate and environmental emergency we are facing. Inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and global environmental movements, including Extinction Rebellion and 350.org, we want to add our voices to a growing chorus: we must take action NOW to keep our planet habitable.


As a reminder that transport alternatives to our most common choices exist, we are currently cycling some 7000 km to draw the shape of a huge bicycle across 7 countries of western Europe. Following the end of the drawing, we intend to continue travelling by bicycle across Europe to speak in schools, and bring our message directly to those that will be affected the most by this crisis - the young people.


We hope that our mad endevour might inspire others to ditch their car in favour of the bicycle for daily transport needs. If you think you can use the car a bit less, please sign our pledge and help spreading our message! We do sincerely believe that bicycles can take us a long way in our battle to tackle climate change and environmental breakdown.

Some details of the journey

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We left from Orta San Giulio (Italy) in July 2019 and we cycled the first 550 km across the Swiss Alps, to reach the starting point of the bicycle drawing, in the French village of Vy-lès-Lure. From there, we started tracing the bicycle shape following the directions indicated in the diagram.


We aimed to finish the drawing by the end of November 2019, but things didn't quite go to plan. We both suffered from patellofemoral pain syndrome and had to take time off cycling to do physiotherapy. Since March 2020 we were also prevented to travel due to the coronavirus lockdown measures.


Thus far, we covered about 5000 km of the bicycle-shaped route (in yellow). We drew the down tube, the fork, the front wheel, the handlebar, the top tube, the saddle, and the seat tube. We still need to cycle some 2000 km in order to reach the end of the drawing, in the Belgian village of Compogne.


Afterwards we intend to continue travelling by bike through Europe, this time following our mood rather than a set route. In this second part of the journey we aim to speak in schools about our project.


The "drawing travellers" are Arianna, Daniel and Zola the dog. While Daniel and Zola are cycling on a custom cargo bike, Arianna is using a more standard custom tourer. Both these bikes were built by Daniel, who has recently left academia for the workshop, where he is specialising in building bespoke cargo, touring and city bikes (see his website at: www.drkcycles.com).

We left from Orta San Giulio (Italy) in July 2019 and we cycled the first 550 km across the Swiss Alps, to reach the starting point of the bicycle drawing, in the French village of Vy-lès-Lure. From there, we started tracing the bicycle shape following the directions indicated in the diagram.


We aimed to finish the drawing by the end of November 2019, but things didn't quite go to plan. We both suffered from patellofemoral pain syndrome and had to take time off cycling to do physiotherapy. Since March 2020 we were also prevented to travel due to the coronavirus lockdown measures.


route

Thus far, we covered about 5000 km of the bicycle-shaped route (in yellow). We drew the down tube, the fork, the front wheel, the handlebar, the top tube, the saddle, and the seat tube. We still need to cycle some 2000 km in order to reach the end of the drawing, in the Belgian village of Compogne.


Afterwards we intend to continue travelling by bike through Europe, this time following our mood rather than a set route. In this second part of the journey we aim to speak in schools about our project.


The "drawing travellers" are Arianna, Daniel and Zola the dog. While Daniel and Zola are cycling on a custom cargo bike, Arianna is using a more standard custom tourer. Both these bikes were built by Daniel, who has recently left academia for the workshop, where he is specialising in building bespoke cargo, touring and city bikes (see his website at: www.drkcycles.com).