Cycle chic in Cowtown


Fort Worth, which boasts it’s the place “Where the West begins,” has long had “cowgirl chic,” stylish women’s western wear featuring such elements as full skirts, boots, cowboy hats, colorful embroidery and turquoise jewelry.
Now it’s working on “cycle chic.”
Further evidence that my hometown has a blooming bicycle culture was the launch this week of a website called Fort Worth Cycle Chic, whose mission is “promoting stylish urban bicycling in Fort Worth, Texas.”
The website is the brainchild of Kevin Buchanan, a local writer and photographer and creator of the blog FortWorthology.

Kevin Buchanan

Since 2006, he has chronicled on his blog such Fort Worth happenings as restaurant openings, restoration of vintage buildings, the emergence of food trucks and creation of a bicycle infrastructure, particularly in the neighborhoods of the Near South Side and downtown.
“Fort Worth Cycle Chic seeks to showcase to the world the shifting, growing bicycle world of Fort Worth,” Kevin wrote on the introductory page.
“Once the exclusive realm of the hardcore road warriors forced to fight traffic on streets not designed to safely promote bicycling, Fort Worth has begun building bike lanes and racks and promoting bicycle usage for all via its Bike Fort Worth plan.
“Today, there are many facets to the Fort Worth bike world, and we’d like to showcase the fun, the laid-back, and the stylish. Fort Worth Cycle Chic will consist of photographs of stylish Fort Worth cyclists (both ladies and gents), in both posed portraits and candid street photography.”

Some of the Bicycle Betties: Harley, Ghazal, Melissa and Jasmine

The first subjects for Fort Worth Cycle Chic are the Bicycle Betties, a ladies-only bicycle group on the Near South Side. Kevin, a gifted photographer who owns a range of vintage cameras that still use film, arranged a shoot with the Betties and used some of the photos on the inaugural page of Fort Worth Cycle Chic. He also posted a selection on Flickr.
The new website, Kevin notes, can be traced to Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagen, who launched Copenhagen Cycle Chic in 2007. He coined the phrase “cycle chic” to describe the art of riding bicycles in regular, preferably fashionable, clothing. There are now Cycle Chic websites all over the world modeled on the Danish site.
Kevin says he plans to update Fort Worth Cycle Chic regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays and sometimes post photos on Saturdays. “As we get established,” he wrote, “this post frequency will likely increase.”
It promises to be a site well worth bookmarking. I’ve added it to the “blogroll” in the right-hand column of this blog.

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One response to “Cycle chic in Cowtown

  1. Stories on the cycle chic phenomenon have been making their way into the mainstream media. Here is a link to a story that appeared Monday, June 20, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
    http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/17/3160832/california-woman-takes-bicycling.html#tvg

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