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Pedal California is an interactive endurance experience that combines bikes, digital media and the beautiful California coast
Pedal California is an interactive endurance experience that combines bikes, digital media and the beautiful California coast
53 backers pledged $6,130 to help bring this project to life.

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The beautiful California coastline offers cyclists a challenging, one-of-a-kind endurance experience over hundreds of miles long. Pedal California aims to share the wonders and joys of the Californian landscape with cyclists all over the country.

Pedal California is an interactive, digital art installation that allows participants to ride 350+ miles of the California coastline virtually. I’ll be making the actual ride from the San Francisco Bay Area to Santa Barbara on my bike, capturing the entire experience via high-quality audio and video. The audio and video will then be transformed into a one-of-a-kind virtual experience, open to visitors at art galleries, museums and anywhere else that hosts the installation! It will also be available for viewing online.

Project Details

A curved, encapsulating projection screen will display the high-definition video while participants pedal on the exact bicycle that carried me on my tour of the California coast. The bike will be on a stationary stand connected to sensors that will drive the projected view of California as seen through my eyes.

The video element is a key component of the project and I have given it the highest priority. No stone has been left unturned in building the perfect camera mount for smooth footage; to keep the overall experience as authentic as possible.

The Concept

 The installation will be as close as possible to the actual feeling, emotion and visuals of riding the California coastline. It's something everyone, everywhere should have the opportunity to experience.

A key concept of the piece is to have participants collectively complete the entire 350+ mile ride. When one rider hops off the bike, the session will pause until the next rider hops on to continue the journey. A progress tracker will count the number of miles that have been completed by the collective audience, allowing participants to track “how far we’ve gotten”. This goal-oriented aspect encourages visitors to come back and check out the project at different stages.

Pedal California is both a physical experience and a modern performance art piece, capturing the experience of an endurance performer and transferring it to the audience. 

The Book

If you can't experience the physical installation or simply want more time to soak it all in, I'll be producing a striking, one-of-a-kind photo book to accompany the project and share it with the world.

The book will be comprised of gorgeous, professional quality photos captured throughout the ride. The stunning views will tell the story of Pedal California--something the reader can enjoy over and over again, each time noticing new details in the photos. The book will be at least 30 pages long and is offered to backers who pledge $75 and up.

Beyond the installation

Pedal California is a prototype that translates art into a fitness experience. It will serve as an excellent source of motivation for people looking to reach new fitness goals or simply break into exercising, and has potential as a great tool for off-season training for athletes.

A VR goggle experience would be the next step, moving the projected experience to a virtual reality. The Oculus Rift offers an amazing platform to provide an even more realistic cycling experience. Taking the technology from this stage of Pedal California and transferring it to the Rift would be the ultimate personal digital cycling experience.

After the initial installation, I will spend more time on the programming aspect of the project. My goal is to transform this into an individual experience, where each person can create their own account and pick up right where they left off on the cycling route.

Pedal California - In the news!

Read the awesome interview in the Contra Costa Times, here 

Why I need your help, Backers.

I have invested a considerable amount into some of the equipment I need, like the bicycle itself and some of the camera gear. There are still components that I need for the bike and the recording to make the video as smooth, seamless and professional as possible.

Your support will fund the purchase of equipment and licensing for projection mapping software, along with materials for building the interactive installation. Additionally, I will need to buy sensors for the stationary bike stand. The remaining funds will help pay for lodging and travel expenses during the actual ride.

REWARDS!

This is the good stuff! All of the rewards will feature the stunning high-quality photography from the ride along the California coast. 

All backers will receive a unique, personalized hand-written postcard from me, featuring a select image from the book.


The eBook

Access the wonder of the California coast online. The eBook will contain all of the beautiful images in HD quality, available from anywhere, anytime. It will contain all the same images and stories as the printed book and will be available as a PDF. It will also be accessible on all eBook readers.

Postcard Packs

Share the magnificence of this once-in-a-lifetime ride with your friends and loved ones. The postcard pack contains 10 unique, high-quality postcards featuring the most stunning photographs from the book.  These are nice enough to display on a wall, or send out to your most discerning family & friends.

10x8 premium hardcover book

The book is printed on high-quality, premium paper and with a hard cover and beautiful dust jacket. Perfect to give as a gift (but so unique you’ll want to hold onto it yourself!). The book contains all of the documentation and stunning photographs of the ride, signed and dedicated to you personally.  Backers at this level will have their name included in the book on the ‘thank you’ page..

13x11 Luxury Hardcover book

This isn’t something you can find in any old bookstore.  The large, luxury hardcover book is constructed of the highest quality materials, perfect to show off on your coffee table. Signed and dedicated to you by me.  Backers at this level will receive a special thank you in the book.

11x14 print

A high-quality select photograph from the book. You will be able to select from any of the beautiful photographs from the book and have it printed on premium photo paper. 

12x48 epic panoramic

A large, sweeping panoramic photo that captures the stunning experience.

Risks and challenges

Weather
The weather is an unknown factor and while California weather is always nice, there is a chance that it can make for poor shooting. In the event that the weather ruins the ride, a re-shoot will be planned to make sure I can capture the best video and photographs.

Human Error
I’m not a robot, so I expect to experience times of fatigue as well as times that could result in poor video. I plan to prepare ahead of time to avoid sloppy riding (which would be sloppy video). The ride is about the experience, not pace; I will take my time to get the best shots as possible.

Equipment malfunction
Battery life is definitely a concern. I’ve already begun testing battery life and setting up backups in the event that I run out of battery. I will also be monitoring the rest of the devices constantly, which would allow me to stop and fix any errors as soon as they happen.

Bike equipment failure is a possibility, too. I will be well prepared to fix flats or other simple bike issues. In the event of a crash or serious injury, the project will be re-scheduled and may or may not affect the delivery of the rewards.

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