2wheels, the return: Edward Genochio's bike expedition across Asia to England

2wheels: The Return

Edward Genochio's bicycle expedition from China to England

September 2005 - November 2006

Sponsored by Decathlon China

 
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The 2wheels expedition book:

- 'But Isn't There a Bus?' - details here.


2wheels is sponsored by:

- Decathlon China
- Drennan Co Shanghai
- Eclipse Internet
- P&O Ferries


2wheels supports:

- CereCare Centre
- Sustrans
- Force Cancer Care
- The Lotus Project
- The Wheelchair Foundation


Other writing by Edward Genochio:

- Some snippets
- In Voyage Magazine
- In The Adventure Cycling Handbook


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The original 2wheels expedition site:

- 2004-5 from England to China


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- 2wheels media credits


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- 2wheels sitemap
- Historical and technical notes on the 2wheels website


Krasnoyarskiy Kray, Siberia, Russia

Siberia

Tuva, Siberia, Russia

Horses, Mongolia

Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Hop off

Priyanik, half-eaten (by me), Kyakhta, Russian-Mongolian border. Shortly after this photograph was taken, the other half was eaten. Also by me.

Buryatia, Russia

Roadsign in Tuva, Russia

Tuva, Russia

The sky, I think

Tuva

Why I'm supporting Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity

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Some people have better things to do than ride a bicycle from England to China and back again, I know.

A lot of people in the UK would love to cycle or walk over shorter distances, though - but they are put off by the lack of facilities and the fact that when it comes to transport in Britain, the Car is King.

45% of children in Britain would like to cycle to school, but only 4% do.

They, and their parents, are worried about dangerous roads... dirty air coming out of the back of the car in front... the lack of somewhere secure to keep your bike.

So what happens?

They go to school by car.

And then?

Then the roads are even more congested, more polluted, and more dangerous.

The cyclist and the pedestrian are becoming not just endangered species, but pariahs too.

And so.

And so we sit in cars, we sit our kids in cars. That old-fashioned idea of walking more than 50 yards or so fades out of our collective consciousness.

And so.

And so we and our children grow obese and unhealthy.

And so we miss out on the simple joys of getting "out and about" and exercising.

And so our towns and cities and even villages become nothing more than barricaded prisons, we're hemmed in by roads, penned in like animals, we can't cross the street because we're kept "safe" by safety barriers - those damn "safety barriers" that allow cars to speed through our communities while we have to take a 200 metre detour to cross the bloody road, for heaven's sake, what kind of world do we live in?

I'll tell you, we live in a world criss-crossed by high-speed death lanes (oh yes, sorry, they're quite safe, like mine-fields, so long as you keep well off them!), high-stakes bowling alleys with 2 tonne 50 mph car-shaped bowling balls, and the skittles are - well, guess who? You and me and the kid next door.

Cars are great things, no mistake, they bring freedom and mobility unparalleled in history.

But let's think about it a bit, let's design our communities and cities and towns and villages - and our lives - so that the car serves people, rather than terrorises, imprisons and enslaves us.

Sustrans are pretty sussed up.

Read about what they do here, and if you like it, support their work by donating here.

If reading about my 2wheels bike expeditions has encouraged you to get your bike out a bit more, let me know! Even if it's just one journey to the newsagent's that you would otherwise have made by car. It makes a difference. It makes a big difference if half the people in your street do it.

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Don't get me started on TVs and mobiles telephones.

People, stand up!

We are not slaves!

You don't have to rage against The Machine.

But it might be a good idea to have a few quiet words with it, before we all find ourselves cringing and cowering and bowing down before it.

It is machines that are there to serve people, not people to serve machines.

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I could go on.

This gets me worked up a bit.

You should see what's happening to Shanghai, where I've been living for the last 6 months.

What's the car ownership figure here? I can only guess (maybe someone can let me know?) but I doubt that much more than 10% of households own a car here. Compare that to England, where it's what, something like 70%? And the USA (United States of Automobiles) where it must be around 115%.

And yet.

And yet Shanghai is already becoming impossible to live in. It's a morass of lethal roads prowled by lethal drivers. Thank god they're at a traffic-jammed standstill half the time. God help everyone when Shanghai has as many cars per head as Los Angeles. I'm getting on my bike in September and heading out of town. I may be just in time.

 

 

 


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