The Bike In My Life adhers to the Cycle Chic manifesto
- I choose to cycle chic and, at every opportunity, I will choose Style over Speed.
- I embrace my responsibility to contribute visually to a more aesthetically pleasing urban landscape.
- I am aware that my mere prescence in said urban landscape will inspire others without me being labelled as a 'bicycle activist'.
- I will ride with grace, elegance and dignity.
- I will choose a bicycle that reflects my personality and style.
- I will, however, regard my bicycle as transport and as a mere supplement to my own personal style. Allowing my bike to upstage me is unacceptable.
- I will endeavour to ensure that the total value of my clothes always exceeds that of my bicycle.
- I will accessorize in accordance with the standards of a bicycle culture and acquire, where possible, a chain guard, kickstand, skirt guard, fenders, bell and basket.
- I will respect the traffic laws.
- I will refrain from wearing and owning any form of 'cycle wear'.
(Let's be honest, steel-toed boots, lifevests, bullet-proof vests, construction hats, bike helmets or any other kind of safety gear have a hard time being chic, no matter how much the people who make them and profit off of them would like them to be. Chic isn't just on the surface, it's also in the brain so we encourage people to make an effort to understand the science of helmets. Or see this TED talk on the subject)
TAKE THE ONE BILLION BICYCLES PLEDGE !
Take the pledge calling for Australian cities to become places where citizens are free to bicycle in safety and style!
The bicycle is the world's fastest, cheapest, healthiest, cleanest and most convenient mode of urban transport which is why there are one billion bicycles world wide, compared to only 600 million cars.
Around the world modern cities are integrating the bicycle into their transport mix, saving them money, time and lives. In Australia our streets remain dominated by the car and citizens have no freedom to travel safely by bicycle.
Yet Melbourne has everything it takes to be the world's best bicycle city: the world's widest roads with room for bicycles & cars; a flat topography with no hills to sweat it up; mild seasons with no monsoon or snow; and the financial means to transform our cities.
It is time Australian cities became places where citizens are free to bicycle in safety and style!