The Full Animated Gif: See the World by Bike

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Here’s the full version of the animated gif I created, the shorter version of which you saw here. Each city has the color of my perception, of how I personally feel about the city, be it New York or San Francisco, Berlin or Paris. I hope you’d enjoy it!

From Bikeholic with Love: Take a Ride Around the Globe

London, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires – sky is the limit for a bicyclist!

Here’s a little promo I did for my blog Bikeholic, featuring four of some of my favorite cities in the world – New York City, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and London. This is a short version, the longer version is coming up that will also feature Moscow and San Francisco. And these are just a few places where I biked. I’ll be adding some more, but, as of today, here’s a preview of what to expect:

Around the World by Bike

Around the World by Bike

All of the illustration is done by me. The colors of the cities and the “moods” reflect my own feelings about and the way I view these particular locations.

Seasonal Changes Through the Eyes of A Bicycle Girl

Trending: A bicyclist's choices for a seasonal change

Trending: A bicyclist’s choices for a seasonal change

I’m thinking of making these animated gifs to highlight some of the bicycling experiences, trends, styles, etc. on a regular basis. It’s a quick and fun way to show some of the lifestyle choices, don’t you think? I’ll be posting them here and on my Bikeholic Blog.

New Project I’m Working on: A Visualization of My Two-Decade Long US Bicycling Experience

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I’ve been bicycling as long as I remember myself. When I moved to USA more than two decades ago, I continued to bicycle. I bicycled in all of the cities I lived and/or visited: from Moscow, Paris and Göttingen to LA, SF, DC, and NYC. At the end of 2014, I decided to retrieve from my memory the bicycling experience I’ve had in the past 20 years and visualize it with supportive information of the overall bicyclng statistics. I chose to visualize both funny & important information gathered via multiple sources, as well as from my own experience.

In these series I’ll be visualizing funny aspects of the bicycling communities as well, which would include my own illustrations, infographics and other graphical executions. I’ll be only borrowing the legitimate data collected by respected sources.

In this first page that you see here, for example, I’m giving a summary of my bicyclng experience per city/town I lived in and what this experience was like: from very bike friendly places to not so friendly and why. Enjoy and share and encourage people to choose bicycling as a lifestyle and/olr way to be fit and healthy.

I’ll be posting individual pages as I make them on my blog dedicated to the bicycling culture here: http://bikeholic.tumblr.com 

The NYC Biking Culture Timeline: Before & After

The last two weeks I’ve spent analyzing the history and culture of biking in New York City. It was one of the most interesting research projects I’ve done in a while. As a city biker myself, I was really excited about this project. I’ve pretty much learned everything about the history of the public/service biking of New York City, including the many biking subcultures of the city. Here I present a work-in-progress timeline and infographics of the biking culture of NYC…

First version:

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For this spread I tried to illustrate everything as close as possible to the originals: from street signs to the illustrated models of the many bikes one can spot in NYC. All of the illustration is done in Adobe Illustrator. No outside images are used.

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Revised:

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Third version:

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The New Yorker: How I See Today’s New York City…

Two weeks ago we were given an assignment to illustrate a cover for the NYC magazine The New Yorker, which I talked about in my last blog.

This hasn’t been an easy assignment, but that made it even more fun. First of all, if you live in NYC, you are automatically in love with the city, otherwise, why would you want in the city that is fast, smells and inhibits some of the rudest people in the country? Ah! Because it’s New York! It’s the capital of everything. We love it because we do – for all the things it offers, minus the rats, smells and…you get it.

Perhaps the best person to answer this question will be Woody Allen.

So, The New Yorker is known to feature the original illustrations and drawings by the artists. The New Yorker is a tough critic. We were told to design a cover with HOW WE SEE OUR NEW YORK CITY TODAY. And here’s my answer to it. Continue reading

Having Just Any Bike Is No Longer an Option for New Yorkers

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Something has happened to the bicycles of New York City. Continue reading