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Editor Steph Routh and 23 co-contributors bring you ideas and stories on moving by bike, all from veteran bike movers.

Welcome to the Moving by Bike Kickstarter page!

What Is a Bike Move?

Great question! Here's an excerpt from the soon-to-be-reprinted (with your help!) book:

"Moving by bike is like a barn-raising for the urban environment, a gangly parade that migrates the innards of one's living room from hither to thither, all to the melodious sounds of bike bells and friendly calls of 'car up!' People have moved countless homes, a puppet theatre, a few small businesses, file drawers, a chinchilla, more than one hide-a-bed, coveys of bookcases and chests of drawers, pianos, accordions, plants, a gun safe, saplings, and a documentary crew, to name just a few items. You don't need a trailer, just moxie and a sense of fun and adventure."

The bike move has become a fun-filled tradition in Portland, Oregon and beyond thanks to Shift, but many are still daunted by the concept. Where does one find out about a bike move? How can someone join if (s)he doesn't have a trailer? What does one need to do in order to organize a bike move?

Why a Book?

As someone who has helped with 61 bike moves to date (including my own most recent bike move, covered by BikePortland here), I hear questions a lot: questions from the curious, the amazed, the excited but unsure. As the final project of The IPRC's amazing Certificate program, I decided to answer the questions in booklet form, and I invited other veteran bike movers to share their own wondrous stories. The result was an 80-page book which delighted its readers. 

I published a limited-run printing of the book for contributors a few months ago, but others have been clamoring for more copies. We want to create a larger, available-to-the-public printing to share the love of the bike move. I believe people who read this book will understand that the bike move revolution is waiting for them with open arms. To do that, this printing needs some financial help to get on the presses and in people's hands. That's where you - the merry, thoughtful backers of this project - come in.

Thank you for your love of the bike move. Thank you for your support!

(And huge thanks to Ande Taylor for her amazing bike move footage, which she shot when she stopped in Portland on her way biking across the country)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have printed a smaller printing run but have never managed a larger printing of a publication before, so this edition could certainly run into a snag or two somewhere between the final copy and the shipped product. As with bike moves themselves, part of this project's magic is in the journey. I look forward to keeping all backers updated with regular updates of the process, and ensuring this edition gets to you in all possible swiftness.

That all said, I did the last small-press printing edition (50 copies) by hand with little kerfuffle, and I feel confident and excited to do this again as one viable printing option.

FAQ

  • Shawn Granton drew the art for the cover, which he originally created for my first bike move in 2007 (We made a silkscreen of it and let people silkscreen their own t-shirts at the end of the bike move as a thank you. It was fun!). Ted Buehler contributed a diagram and Ethan Jewett a photo. I drew the rest of the illustrations for the book.

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