THE FUTURE ON TWO WHEELS IN LONDON AND BEIRUT
Our symbol – The Eye – was seen at two bicycle rides in London and Beirut on the last weekend of April.
Before the cyclists took to the streets they drew the circle around their eye – preparing themselves to ride, vulnerable, amongst the cities’ traffic.
Here’s what happened.
CRITICAL MASS, LONDON, UK
Friday 25th April, 2014
The 20th anniversary of London’s Critical Mass and the cyclists stood under Waterloo Bridge sheltering from the rain. Hundreds came, despite the rain, to celebrate this moment – 20 years of the monthly rides that swarm Central London and do not make way for petrol traffic. 20 years of vulnerable bodies on bicycles refusing to submit to taxis, 4x4s, people in their cars.
Instead we got in their way as we rode, blocking them from getting in ours. We filled the streets as we tugged pedal powered sound systems down The Strand, around Trafalgar Square, up the Mall. And then we stood with the sun breaking over Buckingham Palace and blocked that junction too.
Cars have turned every London landmark into a roundabout, a 3-lane junction or a traffic jam. For an evening we celebrated cyclists weaving between each other, partying as the sun broke through.
We are The Future. London, UK
Sunday 27th April, 2014
It was a bicycle festival to celebrate community, sociability, sustainability, sport and fun. Famous landmarks and intricate winding backstreets were the background to workshops that taught kids how to pedal and maintain their bikes.
The revolutionary potential of the bicycle was brought to Beirut. Cycling is freedom from fossil fuelled transport. It is the freedom to go anywhere, anytime, without a ticket, or a bus pass or an MOT.
The cyclists ended their ride standing in the industrial area of Karantina. Behind this large industrial building sat a secret garden where we wore the eye and shared our dreams of a better future.
We are The Future. Beirut, Lebanon. Join us.