Bike Date is a practice based research project used to document the spatial and environmental perceptions of the embodied experience of the cyclist, while on the roadway. I began Bike Date in 2012, and continue this practice in North and South American cities.
Bike Date is an active embodied reinterpretation of public infrastructure, where the participant’s description may include variegated forms of cultural information and experiences about the surrounding landscape and society.
An accompanied bicycle ride for 2 people, Bike Date focuses on Women, Trans, and Female identified cyclist of any age. (WTF) Using a wireless microphone the Bike Date participant talks about their cycling experience during our ride.
At the conclusion of our ride, I ask the participant for any visual (written or drawn) representation of their experience.
These and other components are used to describe the embodied experience of cycling on public roadways.
Bike Date audio recordings may be presented as multi- media installations connecting audiences to cities where Bike Dates have been conducted. The Bike Date audio recorded narratives may also be accessed via QR code.
The printed QR codes links audiences to digital audio and visual experiences, which may be local and/or international. The printed panels act as time based environmental impact collection sites at the places they are installed.
Bike Date audio recordings have been accessed via laminated booklets, zip tied to bike locking sites. The laminated booklets include a link via qr code to the Bike Date audio recording, a transcription of the corresponding audio recorded Bike Date, and contact information.
In some cities Bike Date stories are experienced via the partner project Rest Stop Bike Repair Shop.
Bike Date case studies included in Canarios en la mina de asfalto – vulnerabilidades y privilegios de género en la movilidad alternativa de Monterrey, Chaves-Rodriquez, Libertad; Curry, Laura; Treviño Lomas, Raquel, 2018
Bike Dates may be arranged via email: firstname.lastname@example.org