Gallery: “Bicycle Portraits” Raise Cycling Awareness in South Africa

 
These beautiful "Bicycle Portraits" depict a rare species of urban commuter: cyclists in South Africa. "We've noticed that in South Africa, especially in the major centers, very few people use bicycles as mode of transport," writes project co-founder Nic Grobler. "This is very strange since we have no proper public transport infrastructure, and that which does exist is expensive and unsafe . . . we would love to encourage the use of bicycles in South Africa amongst all social classes." Read on to learn more about this gorgeous project and how you can help it become a book!

Project founders Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler began documenting cyclists in early 2010. They’re infinitely curious about people and their relationship to bikes. The portraits may be gathered into a real-life book if the project gets enough backers on kickstarter: the closing date is September 16th and there’s still a few thousand dollars left to go. Backers who pledge $50 or more effectively pre-order a copy of the book. Englebrchant and Grober are also creating video portraits as they go, fascinated by the diverse population of South Africa that is united behind their bikes.

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