First there was Slow Food and then Slow Travel, Slow Companies, Slow Planet, etc.
The time is ripe for Slow Bicycle, so Mikael Colville-Andersen started this movement in its honour.
We figure the Slow Bicycle Movement is all about the journey, not the destination. It’s about riding your bicycle. To work, to play. Casually, in a relaxed manner. With time to enjoy the self-propelled movement that you and you alone generate. And, of course, to look around and see the landscape – urban or not – that you pass by at your leisurely pace.
It’s time to take cycling back and place it firmly in the category “normal way to get to work, to the shops, to the cinema”. Indeed, “normal things to do”. This is for those who enjoy the ride. There are a kabillion websites/forums/blogs out there for those who enjoying riding fast/competitively/in lycra and gear/what have you. THIS is OUR place.
The Slow Bicycle Movement is a celebration of the bicycle. Not as a speed machine or a tool for tribal membership but merely as an enjoyable way to get around.
Only decades ago the bicycle was considered a normal way to get around. It still is in Denmark, Holland, Japan and many European cities but returning the bicycle to its rightful place as a feasible transport option in the rest of the world is a noble goal.
Of all the cyclists on the planet, the vast majority are, per definition, slow cyclists. So that’s a great start.
This is a community of people from around the world who love riding bikes. Some are young, some older. Some ride for work others for play, some for both. Some ride fast, some slow. Some wear helmets, are high-vis, use bike lanes, ride the roads, do tricks, and MANY, MANY of them will have a different opinion about many things than you do.
We welcome you to our community and invite you to dive into the fun, take the bad with the good, and enjoy the wonderful bikes and biking stuff that we share.
From: The Slow Bicycle Movement. Founded 2008.