What is a bicycle?

  • “A machine that is uniquely able to leverage and amplify human effort.”-from Disaster Relief: Hurricane Sandy
  • A tool to fix-er-up empowerment. It’s easy to be intimidated by broken bikes until someone decides to show you how simple they actually are to fix. But what I discovered today is this: we should not feel imprisoned by the technology we choose to use. -from How to Fix A Bike For Free
  • an activity that reveals the potential of creativity, passion, and community. -from The Holstee Manifesto
  • Form of transportation impacting aspirational levels, educational levels, and quality of life in Sone Sanvi, India With My Own Two Wheels:
  • Form of transportation enabling volunteer caregivers in Zambia to access more HIV/AIDS patients in a day With My Own Two Wheels:
  • Central element of rural Mayans’ bike machines that make every-day activities more efficient and effective With My Own Two Wheels:
  • A means of showing that disability does not mean inability through a bike shop staffed entirely by disabled Ghanaians in Koforidua, Ghana. Simultaneously a means of revealing womens’ capabilities in male-dominated environments. With My Own Two Wheels:

 Here’s to looking at a bicycle not by its form, but by our orientation to it

“I thought of that while I was riding my bicycle.” -Einstein on the Theory of Relativity
“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.” – H.G. Wells
“Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence
as mere clients and consumers — those people ride a bike.”
–Wolfgang Sachs
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
― Susan B. Anthony
“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
― Peter Golkin
Ai Wei Wei Exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC 2013

Ai Wei Wei Exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC 2013

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”
― Ernest Hemingway, By-Line: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
“To ride a bicycle is in itself some protection against superstitious fears, since the bicycle is the product of pure reason applied to motion. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and a straight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltaire himself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so much to man’s welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to the health, it emits no harmful fumes and permits only the most decorous speeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm?”
― Angela Carter
(Quotes acquired from Good Reads, from Adventure Cycling Association’s Bike Bits, and from life’s passing moments)

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