The World’s Ride

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
– William Saroyan

West Bengal, India
West Bengal, India
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.
Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.
Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.
– Iris Murdoch

Indonesia
Indonesia
China
China

Bicycle Haiku
Wheels  carried me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining.
– Kay Earle

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor, Cambodia
Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan, India

The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling
– Seamus Heaney

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Morocco
Morocco

My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.
They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.
– Peter Golkin

Mali, Africa
Mali, Africa

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
– President John F. Kennedy

Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Cuba
Cuba

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
– H.G. Wells

India
India

A bicycle does get you there and more…
And there is always the thin edge of danger to
keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs
again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal.
And getting there is all the fun.
– Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967

Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Nepal
Nepal

I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is
nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.
– Leo Tolstoy, Responding to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor, Cambodia

It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the
perfection of the bicycle was the greatest event of the nineteenth century.
– Unknown

Kandahar; Qandahar; Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar
Mandalay, Burma

Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.
– Lord Charles Beresford