“Pigeon Politboro:” with photographer Gil Garcetti

At Flying Pigeon LA, we’re big believers in “Bicycle Culture 2.0” – the idea of people riding their bikes as they do normal, day-to-day things. It is funny to some that this type of activity even needs a special name, but in our experience (born and raised in Los Angeles), it helps to explain what our shop is all about.

Words, however, can only go so far.

Pictures can do a much better job, and that’s where photographer Gil Garcetti and his wonderful book, “Paris: Women and Bicycles“, come into the story. We’ve snagged a small share of time in Garcetti’s busy, globe-trotting, schedule and he’s agreed to do a talk and Q&A at our shop on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

From the book jacket of “Paris: Women and Bicycles”:

For nearly three years, Gil Garcetti, has been photographing women riding bicycles in Paris. Women of all ages, smartly dressed, use bicycles to get to work, to visit friends, to go shopping, go to the movies or the opera, and even to funerals. The weather is never an impediment — these women ride in the snow, the rain and the heat. With evocative urban imagery and lush color, this book will inspire readers to leave their cars for their bikes wherever they may need to go with Parisian flair. This book is one component of a community bicycling initiative in Southern California.

For more information, visit the Flying Pigeon webpage.

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