Luigi Vampa

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The automovile is furious and wild. The bike is slow, nice and calm. More healthy and all we need is a good breakfast to start in a bike.

Please enjoy with this TED space to build the very new "BiciclEtica". buy one, take care of the wheels, chains and all the smiling parts of the mechanical task. Sing a song and go. Riding a bike is riding a heart. I hope your goodwill and ideas to build this new perpective for human & urban mobility.

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    Aug 2 2011: Rome is a city to be walked...step by step. Today I did a long journey to my work and see the same but not the same, with a more detail, more precition and a sensible net of perceptions that gave me some memories, no, a lot of memories like deja-vu . The ancient buildings and statues are living in a present history , the smells from the little restaurants and the strong presence of the coffee. All this is Rome, marble and absolute power. Walking is the better way to see, bike is nice but not to accurate. Anyway my bike is in the hospital and I walk again.
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    Aug 13 2011: As a final statement I consider that the comfort is the great danger in the contemporary life. The bike offer to us a nice way to be healthy and provides fun, joy and an unavoidable feeling of autonomy. Mi bike and I enjoy this little conversation and we hope that all of you bike some day. Our WBW is live and well. Im gratefull forall your ideas and good will. The Bicicletica as a new way to see the life in a daily basis biking explore and propose a new urban sistem and a new human trend.

    Grazie e Ciao a tutti.
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    Aug 11 2011: Only in highschool; l 5 days a week 20 miles, 43 weeks a year, 6 years. ;) The bus was for losers in my time. What does that say about my heart? ;)

    A lot of contemplation I guess took place already through 1 hour tropical rain a day or frozen roads.
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      Aug 12 2011: Paul....every day is good withlimits...just a few blocks....but more and more is better. My bike is my way...also my chair in the scriptorium I prefer to be riding and reading. (Nice words togheter) riding and reading. I'll do the experiment. I hope do not crash.
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    Aug 10 2011: The sun rising is awsome. The light sound in orange and gold and the smell from the coffee is splendid. Now, i am going to bike. Ciao
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    Aug 8 2011: I know that not all the people are ready to bike. But I know also that some pepole are never ready to learn anything. Maybe we have to wait some automovile apocalipsis to understand that autos are not very usefull in the cities. Rome is an example of chaos from autos but a nive living from people. When we'll understand?
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    Aug 4 2011: Made me smile.

    Greetings from a fellow biker from Münster, Germany's bicycle capital. :)
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      Aug 5 2011: Ciao Marie I hope to know you when you came to Rome. We can bike in a roman style, with a certain imperial flavor in the pedal force. Maybe you can spread the WBW among your friends. no herarchyes, no presidents, no charges...just bike and rideing bikes in all imaginable ways. Our friens from Guatemala are right now in a show in Mexico demostrating the mechanics from a bike and the capabilities od transformation to achieve usefull machines for all kind of tasks and duties. Our friend in Mexico are in a delughtfull project to convert one main avenue in a bike circuit following the Caracas example. Here in Rome we design some kind of moving sculptures mounted on bikes. And so on.....you what are you doing. Please tell me. Nice to hear you.
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    Aug 4 2011: I love the way you framed this, Luigi!
    Keep inviting us to learn from the Eternal City and the Mediterranean lifestyle and we might just catch up with the greatness that we think we have outgrown. For now I am walking- perhaps I will get around to riding a bike when I am a bit fitter!
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      Aug 5 2011: What a good place to start the Abrahamic walk together.I'll join you!
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      Aug 5 2011: Carissima Debra the Eternal City is here forever, the sunny afternoons and the red wine glasses are now in my favorite Piazza Navona trattoria. Here a lot of people from Japan are walging following some misterious umbrella, all with the same raincoat in the same color. mumbling and smiling at your cameras. We italians see all that circus and smile. my friens are together and the Conte Di Salaparuta raise his glass in your honor. We are discussing about the light from the windows in the Agripas panyheon. Is a very misterious architecture. Now the salads are coming and we all are in a feast. Father delacourt are here with his mouse smile and clever quotations. And we all are expectin for la baronessa Ninna. maybe in october we receive our mexican friends Jaime, Conny and Adriana...
      Ciao cara and keep fitter.
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        Aug 6 2011: Hello a tutti!
        I loved the description of your surroundings and the life that you are sharing. I am delighted that you are gathering with friends for a good meal in such a beautiful place. Keep teaching us - at least me- for I need it!
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      Aug 9 2011: Debra my bike is live and well like a Ferrari....Rome is mine. The night is open and with this summer so intense we bike. But first we go to visit the Rafael Sanzio tomb to see if we can discover their enigma. He live a very intense live full of love and creation...maybe if you dare to discover some secrets of this kind you find the door to go out to the open field full of light. Walk to the library grab your day, hold the life that you has received and plant a smiling seed in your soul...then forget all and go to yourself.
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    Aug 3 2011: My bike is live and well....riding again. So you too?
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    Jul 31 2011: My day riding in Rome was full of surprises. Sunny and rainy sunday, the rain announce an afternoon with some good books or films. I recommend to all of you the film from Ettore Scola "Gente di Roma", or the classic from Fellini "La Dolce Vita". Theres another from Scola named "La Cena" very nice film about the roman daily life. My bike suffer an accident and tomorrow I go to work walking. Its nice wake up early (6 a.m.) and go to the Piazza Navona to see the very first sunlight. Then an expresso and panini....I have to search some relation from the politic thoughts betwen Napoleon and Maquiavelo...and my bike go to the hospital. How was your sunday bike.?
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    Jul 31 2011: This is a bike sunday .
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    Jul 30 2011: The second tought to achieve the BICICLETICA coul be...No hurry, feel the breeze in your face and go in "Tempo Cantabile"
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    Jul 30 2011: The first thing to achieve the BICICLETICA could be the good will, the love for the task, not for the profit. What do you think?
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    Jul 30 2011: Hi! I'm here with a new bike.Can I join?
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      Jul 30 2011: You are wellcome Muhammad...very wellcome....

      Kate I go to the little towns (paese) around Rome...came with me?...capuccino and expresso will be and some red wine with carpaccio and a crostini al prosciutto with salad (insalata fresca dei contadini), Your pedal power will be very fine after some Perugina ciocolatto.

      Salim ride your bike and begin to transform your piece of world.
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          Jul 30 2011: Kate, Rome is allways and everyday new. Nothing is never the same in the Eternal City. The same road changes with the light in the afternoon like a gold shine or in winter with the grey and white. Today in Piazza navona are full of tourists from everywhere. But we can find some places, tiny places to take a seat and see...just see the people dance in slow motion under the afternoon light. I dont know why but here in Piazza Navona (and I live around the corner) all the time is with some gold ligt. maybe because the Bernini's fountains and the Borromini churches. Around the streets are with a mess of cars (litlle cars) and Vespas and bikes and people seated with a cup of strong coffe in the hand. Or a red wine glass.
          We can go by the Via dei Fori Imperiale to see the Coliseum and the ruins from the Roman Empire. And latter go to some of the litlle caffes to hear a good opera singer while we enjoy a SlowFood delicattessen. Here one night is like a thousand years, and a milenium is just a night. So ride on and go ahead to reach Via della Consolazione to go to see the Vatican.
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          Jul 31 2011: Luigi , loved that poetic description of your city.

          That's why I tried to walk as much as possible it's still alive in my memory the road from the hotel I stayed to Trevi's Fountain of Love , where each morning those few days I used to walk. Colloseum and it's surroundings, the vendors selling statue of Aphrodite or Romulus or Julius Caesar etc.

          Once as I switched on TV I saw street (no other landmark), immediately I thought its' Rome so waited a bit yes I was right.

          You rightly said walking gives us much better understanding or sensation of our surroundings.

          What you would say when people walks in the evening with earphone plugged in ears , or talking and talking over mobile ?
          It seems to me funny, I see it everyday in wonderful park where I live now. Think why these people walking here then , they are not hearing the songs birds singing, they are not seeing the blooming flowers, sounds of air passing through small bushes etc etc. They should better use treadmill sure they might have couple of those in their home already ......
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        Jul 30 2011: Luigi I prefer walking and do so everyday, it not just evening walk, small distance for day to day works prefer walking.

        You know Walked through Rome only time I went as it's my favorite city since childhood. walking was best for me to get in touch with my favorite city in short time. So I did.
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          Jul 30 2011: Salim walk is a Major Art. And also as you I prefer to walk to be inmerse in all the sensations, flavors, images, sounds, textures, smells, from my city. Rome is an open book as all tha ancient cities. And its better to walk in "tempo cantabile".
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          Jul 31 2011: Salim the zoombies are walking with their headphones, soulscreens, spiritdevices and all that separate from the living people. Pleas be carefull and dont try to wakeup them because they going mad. The zoombies are inveded all the world.
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        Jul 31 2011: @Luigi,Yes! I'll join you.Rome does sound delightful.Show me the way and introduce to me the magic of Rome!
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          Jul 31 2011: The third thing to build the BICICLETICA is; Do not take so seriously. just ride a bike and smile.
          So Rome is a city to live smiling and in a perpetual astonishing status. muhammad Rome is open for you.
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        Jul 31 2011: Thank you.I feel so welcomed.Smile, I will. ;)
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        Aug 1 2011: lol , Luigi you have great sense of humour and power of poetic symbolization !!! Loved that Zoombie symbol. If ever I go again Rome , will love to catch up with to have live discussion with a glass of red / white wine ........:)
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    Jul 30 2011: That's very good idea to people who sees automobile as way of transportation. only. Bicycles can help to have better health and better environment and less traffic in urban life.
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    Jul 30 2011: Today we start the World Bike Web (WBW)

    Do you want to join us? We accept your ideas and concepts.
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    Jul 30 2011: Wellcome with your bike. Lets start riding a nice and nutritious conversation.