We were out at Berkeley Spark this weekend to enjoy the festivities and to help promote Bike Seats on the Playa. With so many cool DIY bike seats, bike trailers, and art bicycles, I had to write a blog post to share some of the pictures. Berkeley Spark is a sort of Burning Man pre-party or send-off party held annually at Civic Center Park in Downtown Berkeley. It was a beautiful Bay Area summer afternoon, full of arts and crafts, dancing, food and grog, and most importantly ... lots of bicycles.
There were all sorts of custom rigs at the park, from functional to artistic and everything in between. I included some photos here of the best ones from the afternoon.
I took a trip to Bogota, Colombia last week for a friend's wedding, and knowing how forward-thinking Bogota is with bike-commuting, couldn't help but taking some photos to share my experience. It turns out that Ciclovia, with its roots in Bogota, was the movement that inspired Sunday Streets globally. With Ciclovia, every Sunday and holiday, major streets are shut down to let bicycles and pedestrians to take over the streets. Ciclovia was started in the early '80s, and is most often credited to then Bogota Mayor Hernando Duran Dussan. Due to the popularity of Ciclovia, the local government invested in miles of bicycling infrastructure, ciclorutas, and now Bogota is heralded as one of the best cities in the world for bicyclists and bike commuters.
And of course, even on a rainy day, of which there are many in Bogota, the ciclorutas are still smiling. In Bogota, even the bicyclists get their own traffic signals!
Remember, ALWAYS wear a HELMET!