In 2016, on my 50th birthday, I decided to do something a little different. I plotted out a route that wrote out a big 5 and 0. I rode after work and the weather looked like it might cooperate (it had been raining off and on all day). When I completed that ride, I coined the term “Bicycalligraphy”!
I’m certainly not the first person to use a bike to “draw”. There’s a cyclist who’s been riding/drawing for a few years Victoria BC. Here’s his webpage. He’s even done some bicycalligraphy!
Here’s a video of the route I took back in 2016. Notice the pause in my ride on the east side of the ‘0’. I rode much of the ride in the pouring rain and it got a lot worse as I headed south to complete the ‘0’. I had to find shelter in the town of Heidelberg for about 10 minutes because thunder and lightning were crashing all around me.
For my 51st birthday in 2017, I mapped out a shorter route in the city of Waterloo and I spelled out “Fifty One”. See video below.
Who knows what I’ll do for my 52nd birthday in 2018?