The Slow Cycling Movement

We’re not all in a hurry on the bike.

Cycling Geelong’s weekly Barwon River circuit ride, with mandatory coffee stop, is clearly one example of the Slow Cycling Movement.  ImageAny time you just take the bike out to smell the gum trees, enjoy the scenery and, perhaps, do a little light shopping, you are contributing to this movement.  Any time you use your bike as leisurely transport, rather than a mad hurried dash, you are contributing.  Ride in your normal clothes.  Carry stuff – in a basket, panniers, even a trailer (though this is possibly a little too serious).  Bring the family along. Kids can be in a baby seat, on a tag-along, behind you on the tandem, or on their own bikes.  Visit friends.  Go for a ride with friends, where the company is more important than how fast you ride.

The term Slow Cycling Movement is several years old.  It’s a reactionary movement, in the same way that the Slow Food Movement is a reaction to the insanity of the fast food explosion.

One of my favourite sites is Bike Snob NYC.  Read an early Bike Snob post about the Slow Cycling Movement – or Google your own.  There’s even a Facebook group, if you’re interested.

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