Three Lutsk, Ukraine, bicyclists announce May 16 the costumed bicycle ride to promote safety for cyclists. Entrants are judged on their ability to control their bikes while carrying medieval weaponry.
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Would cars share the road more with bicycles–if bicycleists carried battle axes?
Some bicyclists in Lutsk, Ukraine, think cars would and have set about to win “a chivalrous space for cyclists.”
A costumed bicycle race, featuring historical characters dressed as knights, will take place May 26 in this city that lies about 70 kilometers east of the Polish Border.
An entrant for the costumed bicycle race Sunday, May 26, in Lutsk, Ukraine will also be asked to decorate his bike in medieval style, too.
In a Google Translate interpretation, the article reads, the “Velodnya” will be dedicated to costume and historical subjects, announced representatives of the Association of cyclists Lutsk at a press conference.
If you can make it, meet at 10:00 at the statue of the poet, Lesya Ukrainina, in the city square next Sunday. The race starts at 10:30 Cyclists will pass thru “Theatre Square, and along streets Vynnychenka, Victory Avenue, Unity, Youth, Renaissance, Rivne Street, Prospect Will.” The race will finish in Theater Square.
Afterwards organizers promise contests for the best costume and the ability to ride a bike through an obstacle course. At 13:00, at the Botanical Gardens, near the street Chopin, there will be a cross-country race with obstacles..
Organizers said riding with medieval weapons is considered an extreme sport. A surprising distinction in this land where young women learn by 16 to walk to school on glare ice wearing stiletto heels. This is also the land where bored young men jump off five-story buildings into snow drifts below. However, The organizers say they have tested the bicycling-with-weapons event for safety.
One of the organizers of the race, Yuri Moklytsi, has asked participants to not just dress as knights and ladies, but dress their vehicles “in the elements of costume.” The city is offering authentic costumes to entrants.
“This is a very cool thing. If we have 30 percent of (the attendance) we have conceived, it will then (be our message) is very powerful thundered,” Google translated the president of the Association of cyclists, Dmitry Sandolov, as saying.
Regional Development Association Chairman Peter Hotsalyuk was translated as saying, “For Lutsk cyclists, there are many obstacles. For example, the absence of tracks, parking, safety, too high of fumes. A massive velosvyata will draw attention to the problem. We must win a chivalrous space for cyclists.”
Added Moklytsya, “Sometimes people say the more cyclists (on the road), the greater the risk for (cyclists). However, the European example of this: the more cyclists, the more (drivers) notice and drivers get used to these road users.”
The first bike ride in Lutsk in 2007 gathered 40 participants. In 2011, the event gathered about a thousand entrants. VELODNYA View photos of 2012.
If you were driving down the street, would you cut off this cyclist–if he was carrying an axe?