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Why we drew 600-mile long picture of a bicycle across Europe

Why we drew 600-mile long picture of a bicycle across Europe

Couple rode thousands of miles to plot GPS image to raise awareness about climate crisis and encourage bike use Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi, and…

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Couple rode thousands of miles to plot GPS image to raise awareness about climate crisis and encourage bike use Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi, and their dog, Zola. Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi, accompanied by their dog, Zola, have just finished 4,500-mile (7,250km) bike ride across Europe to draw a giant GPS-plotted bicycle across seven countries to raise awareness of how cycling can help tackle the climate emergency. It is believed to be the world’s largest GPS drawing. You can see photos of their trip on their Instagram account .

We really, really love cycling. Like everyone, we’ve become more aware of climate change, and we wanted to add our voices to what should be a bigger chorus. We think using the bike as a form of transport is a wonderful thing, and wanted to do something.

The idea of the trip was a gradual thing. We thought about trying to inspire people somehow about bikes. We can’t even remember who first came up with the idea of drawing the bike. But it seemed like the best and most fun way of putting across our message. We’re both physicists, but we both quit our jobs as researchers and decided to do it.

Arianna used a computer programme to draw a bicycle, and then Google Maps to match it to a route. The first attempt didn’t go very well. The drawing was almost done and we realised there was a big bump in the route. Zooming in, we saw we had put […]

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