Today is the first of May, and May, my friends, is National Bike Month. That's right! Time to celebrate the wind-in-your-hair freedom that is flying down the streets on a two-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle. So here are some cool first-person vids of cycle routes in cities around the world.
They come courtesy of Cyclodeo, a Netherlands-based start-up that's geo-tagging POV clips of urban rides. Ever wanted to take on the hills of SF or cruise the avenues of Manhattan? Done and done. Searching for some Euro flair? Eindhoven, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and London are all covered as well.
The maps highlight clickable, recorded paths, each of which offers additional stats like distance and elevation.
The quality of the actual clips varies (quite a bit): some have been dubbed over with pretty cheesy beats, and some are largely unremarkable in terms of immediate wow-factor.
But! The concept is a ton of fun, and it's a neat way to catch up on someone else's regular roll. Because hey, it's easy to get complacent with the roads you ride every day: the sights are familiar, you know every pothole and crack in the pavement, and the process of getting from here-to-there is more perfunctory, less discovery. This allows for a little vicarious, cross-continental magic. Plus—how neat to be able to scout out a plan for the next time you take a trip to one of these spots? Toss one of these guides in your bag and you're super sorted.
Cranbourn Street -> Coventry Street -> Piccadilly Circus -> Regent Street -> Langham Place, London, England