"Bikestorming.org is about creating a systemic, global change on urban mobility for sustainable cities of the 21st century."

That's the short mission statement from an artist activist who wants to make bike riding the most popular transportation mode within the next 18 years. Besides cutting carbon dioxide and air pollution, biking is fun and can look very cool, says Mati Kalwill, creator of the Buenos Aires culture and activism group La Vida en Bici (Life on a Bike). Kalwill christened his new global mission Bikestorming, and its modus operandi is: "a collaboration platform to make bicycles the most popular form of urban transportation on the planet."

La Vida en Bici launched Bikestorming.org at Rio+20, the United Nation's Conference on Sustainable Development, which took place in late June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For Bill McKibben of 350.org, an activist group committed to stopping climate change, the conference was a big downer and not much was accomplished. In the Bikestorming video available below, though, McKibben says he was happy to see the launch of Bikestorming.org, a movement to get the world's population to ride bikes for 51 percent of time they are using transportation by the year 2030. Lots of cities and cities and towns are pushing for it, and now it just needs to spread all over the planet, he said.

Kalwill says he is seeing bikes reaching a critical mass of awareness: "[Bikes] are on every politician's radar now. In the last year we've seen bicycle policy and infrastructure initiatives emerge in very diverse cities such as Mendoza, Rosario, Posadas, and Córdoba – as well as growing attention paid to bicycles in Buenos Aires' transportation policy and infrastructure."

In Buenos Aires, a city without any real bike culture historically, La Vida en Bici it making it cool to cycle. Will it work in areas where the car is king?

[EN] Bikestorming.org launched at Rio+20, intro by Bill McKibben from mati kalwill on Vimeo.



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      Farooq Rehman
      • 2 Years Ago
      .. until you get run over by somebody texting on his phone. bicycle safety needs to be addressed.
        george costanza
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Farooq Rehman
        true. and nobody is cracking down on texting here. or distracted driving, running red lights etc. 'new' normal apparently. do what you want. until somebody get runs down. if you are run down by SUV, cops have never ONE TIME charged any SUV driver with manslaughter that they should be charged with. always failure to yield. some old person crashes in to you, cops try to let it slide. god forbid old folks couldnt drive who SHOULDN'T be driving and therefore out of necessity demanded better public transportation options in the US since at least here old folks homes are out of sight out of mind in middle of nowhere so they have to drive...US you can't think of ANY issue without realizing how fu*(ed up it is.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta say firstly sorry guys to be a bit a big disappointment & a thread derailed but l am more into restoring keeping my 2 old Classic RWD Fords going & more a part time leisure cyclist, mainly due to Ford & GM not selling/taking forever to get a RWD car in Europe anymore and prefer 60s classic coke bottle styling. I am more a green agnostic more into preserving rather than throwaway, thing that annoy me are things like E10 & soon E15 that sending a lot of perfectly good older cars to an early grave, thats a terrible waste, food price inflation is going through the roof in the UK with price due to soar again by up to 50% in the next few months to to things like the drought in the US mainly due to bio fuels & food completing against each other. Not against E10 or E15 being used as a fuel just as long as their is enough non bio fuels for older cars still to use rather ban it all together which they have done in the EU. Most classic car owners rather than old unloved jalopy owners will now be having to replace a whole range of perfectly service components which they will do that will more harm to the environment than good. EU are also about write off 10s of millions of perfectly good serviceable cars with its introduction of new legislation regarding yearly car roadworthiness testing, like the British mandatory MOT test where every car over 3 years old used on UK road has to under comprehensive test where more or less everything component part/structure of the car is tested by a licensed Motor Mechanic once a year annually. If the car is satisfactory passes all the tests the mechanic issues a new MOT certificate valid for 12 months, if it fails it is not legally allowed by law to be driven on UK roads. New legislation EU coming in will require the car to be 100% the same condition it left the factory it was made, anything non original in the car i.e absolutely everything non original factory CD player, different alloy wheel, tow bar, different brakes, wrong engine/all ancillaries to what the car had fitted in the car from new etc etc every non original part found in the car will lead to an instant MOT failure and the car being banned considered illegal unroadworthy until fixed, worst hit will be Custom car owners of something like a Ford Popular rat rod low rider will have to return it to its original state it left Ford factory or face being banned never allowed to drive on UK roads ever again. Go to a lot of classic car shows and literally 90% of 100,000s of old Classic Ford must be so heavily modified they will never step a wheel on Britains roads ever again will involve so much work to get them back to the original state they left Fords factory that EU law dictates they now have to be. It's kinda of a sin as l know personally quite a few guys who spend £10,000s on these cars that will now have to scrap them due to Ford stopped making original seats etc just about every original part decades ago, perfectly good cars will be scrapped.
        george costanza
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        I agree with you. I have a prius. but I like older cars. I think they all have character. I think ethanol is going to ruin whatever history we have and guess what? corporations and greedy ethanol etc. don't give a sh!t. apparently pop mechanics and pop science etc which say ethanol is going to ruin older engines are all 'liberal' now for stating yet another inconvenient truth....what can any avg. joe do? one day you will go to gas station and it will be 15% ethanol. your car gets lubed but american consumer gets no lube, just fu*(ed.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      On to cycling after my pet hates of EU scrapping perfectly serviceable cars, manufacturing process of making new cars will be a lot less green than sending 10,000,000s of perfectly serviceable cars to an early grave or life as an ornament not used in a garage banned off the roads. Luckily both my classic Fords are 100% original. Please feel free to mark me down for -100 for boring you to death. 51% cycling could quite easy achieved in the UK most folk live close to their job, more cyclists you get on the roads the safer they become in places like Holland. Both the British Prime Minister David Cameron & Major of London Boris Johnson are both hardened every day cyclists the political will is there, there is a massive hidden sea of change going on in the UK at the moment, cycling fever is going mainstream in a massive way sweeping through the country at the moment, whether it is austerity cutbacks, greenwashing of children at school, high youth unemployment, congested roads its faster in London a bike, skyrocketing cost of motoring, majority work in low paid service sector jobs, huge cutbacks in jobs/pay rises in the public sector or just the huge success the UK in Tour de France or cycling success in 2012 olympics hard to put a finger on any one thing but its bubbling under the surface about to go mainstream. You have only got to look at car sales in Europe last month every single car had massive fall off in sales, Fords popular new Ford Focus sale fell by a massive -32%, whilst cycle sales in the UK continue to rise unabated +28% last year, you know there is a quiet hidden cycling revolution going on under the surface thats going mainstream. Only downers is the inclement British wet weather and old infrastructure in big old cities built ages ago, to narrow roads originally built for the horse and cart that can't really accommodate both the motoring, public transport & cycling. Biggest problem separating the car from the bike, cyclists look like a Ferrari using a bus lanes in London that cars are banned from using that crawl along at a average 6 MPH, buses and cyclists get priority at traffic lights in some places, but its when cyclists hits a road junction or roundabout goes straight on and a car turns left killing a few that puts a lot of folk off cycling. Still Mayor of London Boris Johnson a keen cyclist has built a network of cycling superhighways that will get you into the centre of London quicker than a car, separating cars from bikes a dangerous junction death black spots by making it cycles only and cars are banned from using them, will adopt the new cycle priority traffic lights that stop cars with let cyclists turn left separately first at known accident blackspots. Car drivers get the brilliant new American designed green only traffic lights, that state speed limits you need to keep to on sign boards as you approach the lights if you want to hit the light at green as a trade of on safer roads not used by cyclist.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        I think the drop off in car sales has less to do with a "cycling revolution" and more to do with pure economics. Europe's is and has been in a recession. When people are struggling, the last thing they are thinking about buying is a car. I also think Europe has good to excellent public transportation systems which are more likely to be promoted than biking.
          george costanza
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          but in US you cannot even look for a job without a car. that is sad truth. in EU and Asia you have options. you get a job and save for a ride later if you even need one....they have options. we don't. so which country or region is greatest? socialist EU or winner take all capitalist regimes like the US? hard to say...nothing much is trickling down from top who are less and less invested in our infrastructure they aren't using and dont' give a sh!t about. most are following romney's model and sending it all overseas following the jobs they send overseas. we are in deep sh!t. period. we have spent too long ignoring important issues for trivial meaningless so called 'social' issues garbage affecting NOBODY else, not funding decades long wars for 'cheap' oil etc. to see a totally rosy future with severe 'bumps' in the road ahead regardless of which corporate owned candidate is elected or reelected. it is going to be obama anyway accor. to polls but romney would immed. double gas prices. it may be some reverse psychology from putin to dare people to vote for romney since russia's wealth after romney destabilizes entire ME would immed. increase 1000 times like iran's sovereign wealth fund is doubling every yr. due to our warmongering already!!!! it is hundreds of bill. our OWN sanctions are increasing instability, raising price of oil, and enriching Iran and petrostates. yet we can't understand this as a nation...furthermore we are so addicted, what would most in the US do about it??? nothing.
      george costanza
      • 2 Years Ago
      In US even in this college town the two colleges have no bike parking no bike infrastructure or lanes etc and downtown no crosswalks.NOTHING! everybody is fat as sh!t. but god forbid scientists try to tell people to connect the dots in the US and say you are fat because you are lazy and can't get out of your giant gas guzzler....jesus, what would billboards say then? every mo. some local business goes bankrupt and nobody ever questions why there is no parking and no way to get there...most keep zooming through to mao mart. our future is mao mart and mcds. no local business at all when gas is twenty bucks a gallon and that is what big oil wants and we are just going alike with plan like good sheep. keep wasting as much oil ruining local water no food to keep those food prices high and $$$$ rolling in for corporations. do nothing and have magical thinking sh!t like chicago strike is an anomaly and not just tip of iceberg. in future nobody will know what the fu*( this expression means since there won't be icebergs. who gives a sh!t? we have too much sprawl in the US: another inconvenient truth. nothing is amenable to biking or walking or built for biking. one progressive developer had one idea for one possible future: he started building hitching posts downtown in new buildings.....even bikes have to built by SOMEBODY and US cannot even do that without charging several grand for speciality rides out of market of 99%.....go buy cheap mao mart disposable bikes which break down immed. if used for intended purposes of riding every day. this city wasted several mill on studying a greenway. couldn't be bothered with it. go figure....typical. it is 'big govt' to save people gas money and get people in shape and save country TRILLIONS in future expected health care costs.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Impossible if you want to get anywhere here in Arizona lol, though I would if it could get me anywhere quick enough. Everything is very spread out here in Phoenix.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        I went to ASU. I only had a bicycle for 3 years, and was able to get most places, even if they were 6-10 miles in one way. Around campus, parking cars was a huge pain and big cost, so I never drove to campus. The big problem is riding in the middle of the day in the Summer.
          george costanza
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          in middle of day in summer it is 120 degrees BECAUSE nobody in the US can get out of cars. also most cannot understand how trees, the simple act of planting trees saves TONS of energy and if you ride a bike or motorcycle you can feel HUGE diff in sun vs. shade riding around. nobody in a/c gas guzzler gives a flying fu*( about anything....just basically insulate from the world. eventually nobody is immune from what we are doing to ourselves.
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rick, where are you ? Here's an article for you ! :) Good for Mati Kalwill ! It's good to passionately try to improve the lifestyle of your city. The problem begins when small, but very vocal, groups of activists discover the vast majority of the population don't agree, or are disinterested, with their ideas about what's best for everyone. Passionate activists are often so convinced of the righteousness of their cause that they cease trying to persuade, and start demanding implementation of their 'vision'. Passion becomes fanaticism so easily ! Fanaticism is always simplistic and intolerant of the views of others (or even reality). Still, I wish Mati Kalwill well with his campaign.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Just a few years ago Marco Polo nobody was talking about cycling at work a few were car mad most were anti bike/very pro car, a just a few locals use to cycle into work. In the last couple of years l have witnissed a cycling revolution has gone mainstream in the UK, thats all folk talk about almost non-stop these days at tea breaks, what cycling event or cycling social event together they will be doing together in the week or weekends, being the odd one out not really being interest have got drawn in more by peer pressure & being left out of conversations. Gotta say l am only a weekend fair weather cyclist at the moment, but looking to get more into maybe cycling into work soon not because its green thing or saves money, more because it keeps me fit and l am genuinely enjoying cycling now, and maybe splash out on a decent road bike. Folk who cycle into work in the last year as risen by 400% where l work, and these are highly paid engineers with no need to cycle. UKs younger generation will push the numbers past 51% in maybe the next generation, and maybe l will as well in the near future, but Classic Fords are still my first love. Much of Europe is heading that way as well just look at these European car sales last month they are totally the opposite to yours that are going through the roof at the moment in the US. European Car Sales bloodbath July 2012 1. VW Golf 32,403 DOWN - 16.7% 2. VW Polo 23,515 DOWN -23.2% 3. Ford Fiesta 21,905 DOWN -11.4% 4. GM Astra 18,124 DOWN-19.1% 5. Peugeot 208 NEW 6. GM Corsa 17,739 DOWN -18.9% 7. Nissan Qashqai 16,750 DOWN -6.3% 8. Ford Focus 16,711 DOWN -31.8% 9. Renault Clio 16,490 DOWN -23.5% 10. Renault Megane 16,287 DOWN -14.2% With car sales on a constant downward trend over the last 4 years, UK cycle sales UP+28% last year spot the quiet trend. Ford only sold 69,851 cars in Europe mainly fleet dumped on Hertz & Avis rental lots just like GM at a big loss in bulk buys, I can remember when Ford used sell 33,000-55,000 Cortina's every August just in the UK today Ford sells just 69,851 to the who of Europe with different models 13 models not just 1 to the UK. Hopefuly Ford of Europe will announce a lot of new models coming out today, but are they gonna things change a lot? Sad to say l doubt it very much.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rick
          @ Rick, Get off the amphetamines, Rick.,...
          krona2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rick
          Cycling is certainly not the only thing people are talking about in the UK at work. However there's obviously nothing wrong with cycling, but for those of us with a short but not very short commute it would be nice to have a cheap, long lasting and reliable EV or plug in hybrid That's what we are talking about here.
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      go at it rick, this is your blog.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good luck with that. If a city is built for cars originally, you're gonna have serious problems getting people to bike in it. No bike lanes - everything's spread out - fast speeds on the road? nobody's gonna commute out there, so forget it! You can throw as much money into all sorts of stupid programs, but in reality, if the city design does not lend itself to bicycling, your money is basically wasted. Even some of the bicycling advocates out here in the USA don't even commute so they don't know what makes a good commuting environment. Blows my mind! That being said i'm glad we got out of Colorado. Utah is far better. We actually have bike lanes here. Colorado has no bike lanes, but they have overly huge sidewalks that never get used which could be partially re purposed into bike lanes, but they're not smart enough to figure that out yet :P
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Let me clarify.. Policy is not effective - infrastructure is. People drive cars because the infrastructure is there. People don't ride bikes because there is a lack of infrastructure, or city design just plain awful. When i say infrastructure i mean something as minor as paving a 4 foot wide section of road and painting a line on it.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Hi 2WM. Most places aren't Houston, and most places weren't originally designed for the car. Car ownership in South America has never been at the level it is in North America, and that is true of most places in the world. Redesigning streets for cars is tough, as they are space inefficient, so vast building programs are needed to get any traffic flow at all. Redesigning highways for buses and bikes is a lot easier, as they are far more space efficient, so if you re-designate a lane to bikes or buses you take out far more than one lanes worth of public movement, so that not only can you create facilities for alternatives, you actually facilitate the speed of commuting for the remaining cars. Even those cities such as Copenhagen which are now at the heart of bike commuting, were not so in the late 60's, so that all those towns converted to bikes and buses from an emphasis on cars. it will not be easy everywhere, but it is much easier to make cities bike friendly than it was to lay them waste to provide roads and parking for cars, which still do not manage to shift people successfully.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Dave; i have been reading about what Denmark is doing for bikes for a long time and it amazed me yet makes me rather depressed to see how far behind America is, in comparison. They originally laid down their roads for bikes and repurposed those roads for cars.. but there was a lot of anti car sentiment there for a long time until they started to convert the roads back into bicycle use! it's been kind of the opposite here! Here's the thing about America - our much older cities are designed for bikes and walking, but the newer development after WW2 is not. The sprawled out design that is common here came about due to cheap oil, a lot of land, and lack of foresight. It is not easy to convert that sprawl into something bikeable at all - even if all the roads were bike lane, you would not really want to pedal 3 miles here, 10 miles there, 5 miles there. Electric bikes can help in that regard - but it's still a lot of travel time out in the snow, rain, heat, and wind. We really need to cut the sprawl out!
          American Refugee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          During the 1960s, when biking was at its nadar of cool and everyone wanted a car in the garage, the plan here in Amsterdam was to make the city "modern" and car friendly by demolishing neighborhoods to bring the new autoroutes into town and paving the canals to make them into roads for auto traffic. Luckily, the famously truculent Dutch are quite fond of their canals and the first modern preservation movement was born. The unintended effect of this irrational love of arched bridges and stinky brown water was to make it a pain to own and operate a car in Amsterdam, with its narrow roads and limited parking, and thus Dammers rediscovered their love of the bike. In other words, people adopted bikes when owning a car became an expensive, inefficient hassle. Moving around on a bike is just easier here. I bring this up because I believe that the wholesale adoption of bikes requires pain. It has to be painful to own and operate an automobile for people to look for alternatives. In London, the congestion charge has helped drive bike adoption. In cities like Copenhagen, the high taxes on cars and fuel help deliver the pain. In cities like Buenos Aires, it's the gridlocked traffic caused by population growth that pushes people onto two wheels. So the question is, what is the pain that will get Americans out of their cars? In New York, it's traffic, parking prices, and overburdened public transport. In SF and LA, it's mostly just traffic. Across America, it's rising gas prices and increasingly pricy new car costs. What other pain can be applied? Increased parking taxes? Higher registration fees? Density zoning that eliminates garage requirements? All other attempts to pull the stone instead of pushing it will fail if you don't have that stick of automotive pain.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mine is a Peugot 12 speed racer. Flew off of it once avoiding a gopher tortoise at 25 mph. Serious road rash. I kept riding, as I was exactly 1/2 of the way through my trip. The blood and torn bike outfit made me have quite the biking zombie look...
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I ride my bike for a lot more trips than I use my car for. In 3rd world countries, they would be 100x better off with bicycles than expensive cars/trucks and getting addicted to oil.
        george costanza
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        for shame! you are not thinking of corporate welfare recipients aka big oil and top 1%. how very untea party of you. only thinking of others. and qualty of life issues. not repeating our mistakes. blasphemy! "they" are not jealous of our gridlock and road rage and wasted millions of hours every day doing nothing behind the wheel and untold barrels of oil and drought/heat waves/out of control f!res/rising food prices/lack of potable water/l!ghting faucets on f!re to be able to frack ourselves and ship fracked gas to China??? veeeery undemocratic/uncapitalist of 'them'!
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