Elly Blue (of BikePortland.org fame) and Joel Biel are stopping in Eugene on their Bikestravaganza: Off the Chainring Tour! They’ll be giving a free 2 hour presentation at the Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) general meeting. Quoted from the GEARs blog:
For our September general meeting GEARs is pleased to present Joe Biel and Elly Blue in their Traveling Bikestravaganza! Please join us on Thursday, September 9th from 6pm to 8pm for a traveling road show of bicycle talk, movies, zines, and transportation activism and advocacy. Elly Blue and Joe Biel will present short videos and a slideshow about Portland, Oregon’s famous bicycle culture and infrastructure, followed by an interactive discussion of the future of transportation infrastructure and advocacy in our town and beyond.
I asked Blue to provide WeBikeEugene with a short explanation and writeup of her travels (10 states in 30 days!), and to explain what the Off the Chainring Tour is all about. Take the jump to read her response and to view their video trailer.
We set off from Portland with the hopes of inspiring others with the story of our city’s emergence as the epicenter of bicycle culture and infrastructure in the US. At the same time, we wanted to avoid sugar
coating the gaps and iniquities in our transportation system. Every city has its own set of issues, and our goal was to provide a balanced look at Portland, with the idea that a fuller picture could be more helpfulâ€”and motivatingâ€”than simply a litany of cycletracks and neighborhood greenways.
Along the way, we hoped to learn as much about local bicycle scenes as possible. Could places like Reno, Spokane, and Grand Junction possibly have something to teach the longstanding bicycle cities of Oregon? We hoped so. And what we came away with was better than we’d imagined: a picture of how culture shifts and community is built, from the grassroots or city hall or the business community or simply an individual with an idea.
In other cities, we’ve presented a picture of how bicycling emerged in Portland. In Eugene and Portland, we’ll show how it’s happening elsewhere, and talk about what lessons we could learn from many of the places we’ve been.
More information about the trip can be found at bikestravaganza.wordpress.com.
The Bikestravaganza trailer: