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Shannon Galpin Nominated for Nat Geo Adventure’s Adventurer of the Year

November 2nd, 2012

It’s that time of year again: National Geographic Adventure has nominated ten individuals to stand in the running for 2013 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. This year in particular, we’re incredibly proud to announce that the outstanding Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain is one of the Adventurer of the Year nominees — and you can vote for her now!

M2M, which Shannon founded in 2006, “believes in the power of voice as a catalyst for social action,” and has touched the lives of many since its inception. In its latest project, Streets of Afghanistan, M2M utilizes the power of photography as the voice of change.

In 2009, Shannon became the first woman to bike in Afghanistan, challenging societal norms and gender perceptions in that part of the world. In general, Shannon’s work has seriously highlighted the significance of perpetuating equality for women and girls in conflict regions, and will continue to impact generations to come.

For good reason, Shannon is nominated as Humanitarian of the year. Via Nat Geo Adventure:

The 38-year-old has braved some of the most violent periods in Afghanistan—a country considered by many humanitarian agencies to be the worst place in the world to be a woman—to work on women’s education and health. She fostered midwife training to combat infant and maternal mortality in the Panjshir Province. In Kabul and Kandahar, she helped develop reading programs for the daughters of women in prisons, some of whom were jailed for adultery after they were raped or for escaping arranged marriages.

She has used her bicycle as an icebreaker with village elders in remote mountain villages, and in a particularly bold fundraising act, she’s mountain biked 140 miles across the Panjshir Valley. In Afghanistan, women cannot ride bikes because of laws and social customs, a fact that Galpin believes has hindered women’s education by preventing them from being able to independently travel to school. As a foreign woman, Galpin was able to cross this boundary and turn it into a conversation starter.

Women’s rights are personal for Galpin. At 19, she survived being raped and knifed while coming home from work in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I couldn’t think of anything worse beyond what had happened than being labeled a victim,” says Galpin. “I was petrified that I would be viewed that way and would have to wear that label for the rest of my life.”

Want to vote for Shannon Galpin? Go here to do so through mid-January.

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The Last Straw Tour: 5 Gyres to Bike 1400 Miles for Awareness

September 25th, 2012

The incredible organization known as 5 Gyres is about to embark on its latest outreach project: Last Straw Plastic Solutions Bicycle Outreach Tour. The Tour will take the team of 5 Gyres staff on a cross-country bicycle route where they’ll share stories of their 5 Gyres expeditions along the way; “doing trainings on how to enact common sense plastic mitigation policy, sharing film, networking, and… running a cleanup contest throughout the tour for a chance to win prizes from all our awesome sponsors!,” according to the 5 Gyres blog.

Check out the poster above for dates and details of the tour. And feel free to email 5 Gyres with any questions along the way!

Want to help but can’t follow the Tour? Take the Plastic Promise right here, right now.

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Video: Reveal the Path

April 23rd, 2012

via Reveal the Path:

A visually stunning adventure by bike: Reveal the Path explores the world’s playgrounds in Europe’s snow capped mountains, Scotland’s lush valleys, Alaska’s rugged coastal beaches and Morocco’s high desert landscapes. Ride along and get lost in the wonders of the world… Enjoy the authentic locals living modest yet seemingly fulfilling lives, leading us to question what it means to live an inspired life – however humble or extravagant. Filmed across four continents and featuring Tour Divide race legends, Matthew Lee & Kurt Refsnider, this immersive film is sure to ignite the dream in you.

Now if this doesn’t make you want to explore the world by bike, I don’t know what will.

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The Path Less Pedaled: What Is Bicycle Travel?

March 7th, 2012

Photo: Russ Roca, The Path Less Pedaled

Three years ago, Russ Roca and Laura Crawford left their home in Long Beach, California, on what would turn out to be a fateful bike trip to Joshua Tree. By the time they returned, began plans to sell everything they owned to take off on an incredible adventure — on two wheels.

Instead of investing in a corporate job, a mortgage, a retirement plan, we decided to invest in ourselves. We took the value off of our stuff and put it on the opportunity to live deeply, to follow our dreams, to create everyday adventures. We stopped wondering about the rest of the world, and went out to experience it.

Now after three years and thousands of miles traveled, Russ and Laura are settling down for now in the bike mecca of Portland, Oregon to better share their story of the path less pedaled

After 4,000 loaded touring miles on our Bromptons, we also want to share all that we’ve learned about adventure travel on these sturdy little bikes… we’ve taken some time to think about why bicycle travel is such an incredible way of exploring a place and why someone should consider it. What is bicycle travel? Watch and see.

What is Bicycle Travel? from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

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Lane Love: “Glimpses of Taiwan’s Cycling Scene”

January 30th, 2012

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a cyclist in one of the largest cities in the world? We stumbled across Jim Peipert’s blog this weekend and began thinking, if Taipei, a traffic-clogged city with more scooters than bikes could develop bike lanes to allow its people to ride freely around town, why do only a handful of US cities have bike lanes?  See Jim’s post below and let us know what you think!

“I’ve been rummaging through the hundreds of photos that I shot last summer during a visit to South Korea and Taiwan, and found that I have several that provide a glimpse of Taiwan’s cycling scene.

The two-wheeled vehicle of choice in that island nation is still the motor scooter. The scooters are ubiquitous. They speed through the congested streets like swarms of killer bees. Hundreds more are parked on the sidewalks, blocking pedestrian traffic.

But use of bicycles has increased over the past few years as Taiwanese authorities have built thousands of kilometers of paved, illuminated trails and other cycling infrastructure.”

Read more.

Photo via: Jim Peipert

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

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Ditch Your Car: Take the Winter B-Icicle Challenge

January 4th, 2012

We all know it can be difficult to hop on your bike when the weather takes a turn. Rain, snow and icy roads can sometimes deter even the most hardcore riders amongst us. That’s why it’s good to have a few friends to hold you to it… enter the Winter B-icicle Challenge

As winter settles in across all Northern Hemisphere nations, and the cold wind blows, it’s tempting to put your bike away for hibernation. But as of December 1, we’re asking you to keep on pedalling through all three winter months.

Why are we doing it?

  • To see if we can put our money where our mouth is in regards to living a greener life, and not just when weather permits
  • A good time to reflect about those people without homes during winter
  • We love riding our bikes and don’t want to go three months without it
  • We hate traffic jams!

Rules. We will ride to work or school everyday unless:

  • The road is so icy we’ll most probably break our necks (read here for alternatives)
  • We have a meeting or activity that is more than an hour bike ride away
  • We’re so sick with the flu we can’t even be bothered to watch The Wire

What we want from you.

Join us! If you’re heading into the depths of winter.

Learn more here and sign up on Facebook here.

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Lane Love: London

January 2nd, 2012

How many bicycles park in the space of one car? About 10, as illustrated by this awesome bike rack in London. The rack, designed by Cyclehoop, a firm of award-winning designers and architects who specialise in producing innovative indoor and outdoor cycle parking solutions.

via Treehugger:

The “car” bike port is made out of steel and anchored into the ground with bolts so it is good and sturdy. At the same time, it is a flat pack design, so that it is simple to transport and set up at events. It can also include a bike pump and be used for branding…

The stand is an ironic take with a serious message. Cars cause pollution and congestion, and their parking spaces could be dedicated to bikes, not cars.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

PHOTO via Cyclehoop

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Lane Love – NYC

November 14th, 2011

After a tragic end over the handlebars when his front wheel met a pothole, the New York Times critic, Michael Kimmelman is back on the bike — experiencing NYC’s bike lanes from his global perspective and grateful to be back on the bike!  Happy Monday!

PHOTO via Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

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Lane Love: Seoul

November 7th, 2011

We love this awesome “Xylophone Bridge” by Yeon Jae Won and Woo Jeong Heo, which interactively plays music and lights up when riders glide over it. The bike lane took top honors in last year’s Seoul Cycle Design Competition. Pretty cool.

PHOTO via Treehugger

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Ditch Your Car: Ride With No Hands!

October 19th, 2011

We love riding our bikes, and sometimes we like to get a little adventurous… like riding with no hands. So when we stumbled across this awesome video over at Copenhagenize, we had to post it. How to ride your bike with no hands and look awesome while doing it. Watch. And please be careful if you try this at home…

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

“Golden Tree” by Martin Brooks from Ninian Doff on Vimeo.

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