A bit of an update from TourAbsurd-land… The Cork Cycling Festival has been taking place this week. Since one of Dario's consuming passions is his upcoming website about community-powered bike sharing, we have both been a bit overwhelmed. Dario with programming and hiring graphic designers, module coders, and server security gurus; me with assisting and coordinating his efforts, trying to get out and attend festival events, and also with desperately seeking a new WordPress theme for TourAbsurd.
His website, Secondwheel, is based on the principles of sharing, connection, and bringing more awesome to the world. The tag line is "Community Powered Bikesharing" and works like Couchsurfing for bikes. Not bike rental, like most things called "bikesharing," but actual sharing — for free — to help out travelers, visitors, neighbors, and fellow cyclists.
Sparkle-makin' loveliness at the Bikodecoratorama event.
The mission, besides the sharing of assets and making friends, is to connect cycling groups all over the world to facilitate networking and brainstorming for making the globe a more bike-friendly place. You see, there are lots of cycling groups — community, family, safety, health, eco-travel, and city planning organizations, among others — throughout the world, but they don't always talk with each other. If their efforts could be better coordinated, brilliant ideas will be more easily shared, and an increasingly bike-friendly planet will emerge. …Yes, Dario has his world-changing plans and I have mine.
Voyeur takes in the World Naked Bike Ride, a fringe event of the festival. 'Course, who took the photo? Another voyeur.
Right now the website is in an alpha state. We had both hoped that it would be in a more advanced beta phase in time for the festival, but it was not to be. Still, we are learning valuable lessons about project planning, hiring (and firing), and time management. This is all good stuff to know, since I have a few more world-changing ideas of my own (educators and travelers who like to help kids learn, please contact me if you want to help expand young minds).
If you'd like to help us test the site, either in an alpha or beta state, or contribute your programming, PR/marketing, or design talents, OR get your local cycling community to be one of the early adopters, please contact us here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whew! I'm wiped out. All this world changing is fun, but I need a vacation. Somewhere with tropical fruit, gorgeous sandy beaches …and bicycle paths. ;)
What are you up to this summer?