Bike Hacks was recently contacted by reader Stan who shared a cool project he is working on with us. Stan and his friend Nic are working on a book on South African bicycle culture. This is a brief intro to the project from the Kickstarter web site they are using to help promote and raise funds for the project:
My name is Stan Engelbrecht. A friend and fellow bicycle enthusiast, Nic Grobler, and I recently started a project investigating South African bicycle culture, and the lack of cyclist commuters out there on our roads. We want to raise the funds to turn this project into a self-published full-color hard-cover photographic book ( similar in format to a previous book I've done, 'African Salad' - www.dayonepublications.com ). We'll be shooting the entire project from our own bicycles while traveling around the country - this will enable us to meet everyday South Africans out there while they use their bicycles.
Right on Stan! I had not heard of Kickstarter before but it sounds like a great way to drum up support for projects that the public is interested in getting involved in. The following comes from the Kickstarter web site:
We've got a pretty broad definition of creativity: art, music, design (fashion, product, game, app, etc), film/video, food, journalism, and other projects that spring from the imagination. Kickstarter is a new form of commerce and patronage, not a place for investment or lending. Project creators inspire people to open their wallets by offering products, benefits and fun experiences. Kickstarter collects 5% from the project creator if a project is successfully funded.
Sounds like an awesome tool to help harness the power of crowdsourcing.
Cnr. Douglas pl. and Victoria rd., Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
2010 / 04 / 07 18:05‘I ride around on this bike. I bought it there in Goodwood. From some people there. I think 2 years, no, 3 years ago. I bought it so I can just go on with life. I’m short of breath - with the bike I can go further. I ride my bike every day. I ride to Cape Town central, Sea Point and all around. And Goodwood and Tyger Valley. I live out on the road. On heaven’s road. Out on the bushy ground, along the marsh where the rivers are. And places like that. I sleep out there at night. I hide my bike under the bushes when the thieves come around. Then they can’t find it. When they see I’ve got no stuff they move on. I have these planks tied to the bike here. It’s so I can pack stuff on top and tie it. Then I can at least get on with my life. You know, I love this bikey... its name is Tractor-Tractor. I live on my own. In my own heaven. Down on the ground. Then I live here, then I live there, all over. For 8 years already now I’ve been living all ‘round. I like it like this. But I have to get some ground for me again, a home. I have to build up a home to go on further with my life. So life goes on...’
Rosebud st., Kwanokuthula, Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
2010 / 04 / 25 18:33
'Why do I cycle? Because it’s fun! Also some exercise and I mean, there is lots you can do with it. Been cycling about 5 years now. I use it to go to town now and then. I bought this bicycle there. I've modified the bike a little, putting in the extra pipes and different tires. It means everything to me.'