Screenshot of www.ratemyvelo.com – James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country
Yesterday I officially launched my latest bicycling advocacy project – Rate My Vélo – a website that allows people to upload photos of people on bicycles, and vote on other people’s photos.
The website mixes Mikael’s Cycle Chic™ style of advocacy with user-contributed content and provides an interactive user experience.
The premise behind the website is that it will show bicycling not as a sport, but as a pragmatic tool for transportation. Regular people in regular clothes on bicycles.
Now that is sexy.
The photos that get the most votes will surface at the top on the “photo of the day” and the “most popular photos” pages, and can be shared on other websites using simple gadgets like the one you can see on the right sidebar on this site.
The purpose of the site isn’t different than the mission of The Urban Country. The difference is that Rate My Vélo has the potential to reach beyond the “bicycle advocacy” world.
Like most bicycle advocacy websites, I’m often “preaching to the choir” here on The Urban Country – which is great, but to have a bigger impact, we need to reach beyond the choir and promote bicycling to regular people who wouldn’t spend time on a bicycle advocacy blog.
That’s where Rate My Vélo comes in – it’s a fun site to use whether you are an advocate or not, and it promotes bicycling with a degree of normalcy.
For a while now I have been trying to find a way to use my software development experience with my bicycle advocacy passion, so Rate My Vélo has allowed me to do just that.
Try out the site and let me know what you like/don’t like about it. I have my own list of things I’d like to improve, so it would be great to hear suggestions from a broader audience.