Chad Deal 6:58 p.m., May 21
Drawing inspiration from a photo series by Jonathan Maus on bikeportland.org, the San Diego People on Bikes Project's mission statement is simple: to capture everyday people riding bikes on the streets of San Diego.
“The idea is to pick a spot in your neighborhood or in a place you frequent where you often see people riding by on bikes and take pictures of the people riding by and then post the pictures to this page and tell us where the pictures were taken,” the Facebook page explains.
“The people you take pictures of do not have to all be pillars of the biking community. Some people may not be wearing helmets. Some people may be riding on the sidewalk. Some people may be walking their bike up a hill. The idea is to capture everyday people on bikes, going to everyday places, to do everyday things.
“The hope is to capture the different people riding and the places people ride. Capture the essence of who is biking in San Diego today.”
Despite the project’s profoundly straight-forward ambitions, one of the first posts (September 20) on the page reads:
“My attempts to take pictures have not really worked out (so far). I was hoping I'd have some good shots to set the tone for the project, but I'm no photographer...I hope some of you out there can help!”
In a world where every fixie comes with a mandatory iPhone, I suspect the problem will not linger long.