All photos by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country
During my recent trip to China I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in Shanghai. Before I went to China, I promised Mikael Colville-Andersen that I would snap some photos of “Cycle Chic” action while biking around Shanghai.
Mikael popularized the term “Cycle Chic” in his blog Copenhagen Cycle Chic which he started 3 years ago. The Cycle Chic movement has now spread across the globe – but unfortunately nobody has started a “Shanghai Cycle Chic” blog at the time of this writing (The Urban Country is blocked within China, so the people of Shanghai won’t be able to view this post)
Cycle Chic means different things for different people. To me, it’s riding your bike in your regular clothes – be it your work clothes, your clubbing clothes, or your Sunday attire – whatever it is that you happen to be wearing.
It’s about riding with style and without the requisite of any pretentious clothing or gear.
As evidenced in my recent article Utility Cycling in China, the bicycle is a tool in China that serves a useful purpose. It gets people from A to B fast. It’s convenient to park, it’s inexpensive and it’s healthy.
The following photos illustrate how regular people in their regular attire use bicycles for transportation in Shanghai:
Happiness is in the air:
Don’t look, but your shoe laces are untied!
I didn’t put that smog there:
They have cowboys in China too you know:
White shoes, white bike:
They have Dutch bikes in China too you know:
Cyclists, please dismount before crossing the road:
Searching for a sale:
Hey van, would you like to race?
Fold it or lock it? Lock it…
This bike was made for them’ heels:
School pickup and grocery stop:
Peek-a-boo, I see you:
Matching purple bike:
Matching grey bike:
The sit-up cycle revolution:
Stay tuned – more articles from my 3-week trip to China are on the way (even though I’m back in Toronto, there is more China to come)