Traverse about 18 thousand kilometers of bicycle. Go through all Brazilian states photographing the people who use the “skinny” as a means of transportation. An idea that may seem crazy to many people or fill your eyes with admiration of those who enjoy a good backpack.
The Transite Project came to life in the lens of the photographer Felipe Baenningr, 27 years old. The journey of the paulista began in the south of the Country, in Porto Alegre, and already reaches eight Brazilian states. The will is simple, but with a very friendly environmental and social appeal: promoting the bicycle as a means of transportation, meeting people who use it to get around in their cities or even to work.
The journey goes to Acre, with all the pairs of socks and rolls of toilet paper that fit in the luggage. At the same time, it captures resources to materialize the trip in a booklet through Catarse, a collective funding site. But Felipe also depends on the solidarity of the residents wherever he goes.
Most of the help from those who like the project even comes from the internet, it is through it that the photographer gets the contact of other cyclists, a solidarity lodging, or even a company for an excerpt of the trip. This was the case with environmental educator Natalie Hanna, 30, who has been traveling with Felipe for a month since his visit to Marília, São Paulo.
It is the first time they have landed in South-Mato Grosso, and so far the city Morena has drawn praise from its visitors, although the bike paths are no wonder for those who use the bike as a means of transport here. “We were very well received. Campo Grande seems to be a very nice city and a good place to live,”comments Felipe.
Nat, as it is called by the old and new friends that he finds by the way, tells that he was enchanted with the nature of the State.”I already imagined what it would be like to enter Mato Grosso do Sul, because it has this connection with the environmental issue and I am amazed at the diversity of birds that are in the street. Here it is common to see macaws and toucans when leaving home. This is beautiful,”he praises.
Solidarity lodging in the Capital was also combined by the network. Yaisa Melina, a 27-year-old teacher, welcomed the cyclists home. “It is the first time I receive travelers and intend to continue receiving. I think this exchange is very important, every person you know is a new contribution,”he says.
Walk, Turn And Move He Meets New Friends. (Project File)
Planning -The project began to be thought five months before Felipe for the foot on the road. The decision came from personal dissatisfaction.”I was dissatisfied with my sedentary routine.” And so the bicycle appeared in daily life. He quit his job and in June 2013 the journey began.
Wherever he goes, he seeks to bring people together to discuss urban mobility and other matters of interest to those who have decided to face day-to-day work on two wheels. In Campo Grande, this meeting took place on Wednesday night at the restaurant São Chico, and was showered with a lot of conversation, pancakes and relaxation. In the place, the owner offers a bicycle for customers to walk around the neighborhood of San Francisco, a delicacy that caught the attention of Felipe.
The Transite Project saw on the bicycle the power it has to make people recognize the places, almost invisible in the traffic rush of automobiles. This way of rediscovering cities, caring about the environment and sharing stories can be tracked on the Facebook page or on the project website.
Encounters – Along the way, several Brazilians and their bicycles were serving as mood injections. Pedrinho, for example, was in the north of São Paulo. “Although a lot of the boy is already very involved with the bike and every day crosses the city to work, study and have fun as a delivery agent of the project,” says Felipe in the logbook that became the blog of Transite
In Paraty (RJ), Felipe had already found two travelers to reinforce his inspiration. The pair took the road with the traditional craft of licking licks, living the art of street photographer.
He also met Barnabé, a traveling São Paulo based in Belo Horizonte, who traveled for 1 year through the Amazon on his bicycle. “In company a small printer that was his bread and object of communication with people,” he says.
In this drive to know new places, another that crossed the path of the photographer was Carolina, who walks through communities and social projects of the Country with no money in his pocket, travels only on the basis of collaboration. “Through exchanges and conversations, ‘unrolls’ as we usually talk on the road, everything we need, you stop desiring what transcends what is necessary and life takes on a new meaning. It’s not just about economizing but about living experiences that money will never provide you with,”writes Felipe.
During the adventure, even at the most complicated times, he appears in the records with some good humor. It was like this after running 71 miles and crashing into a truck.”I pulled the GPS to check how many kilometers were missing for my destination, it was 20km / h and there were 20 seconds without looking at the lane, enough for a truck to park on the shoulder I did not notice and hit the back of the monster.” The frame of the bicycle cracked in the middle and the way was to hitchhike to the nearest town.
Felipe is an activist, who between one post and another always remembers the importance of thinking the city in a more human way. “Imagining that you will have a cycle-path from the door of your home to your destination is a dream a little distant in most Brazilian cities… But than building cycle paths, cycle paths, spaces of coexistence between citizens and collective participation in the city, We must return the cities to the people,”he argues.
Anyone who wants to help make the project feasible can contact Felipe at out site. Ale is also possible to make photo book reserves, buy T-shirts, stickers, or simply offer some support.