Bikes + Wikipedia = the ibikeu Wiki!

Friday I wrote about what I think is a gap in the cycling communities knowledge sharing. Here’s a partial solution – the ibikeu Wiki!

The ibikeu Wiki is intended to document everything bike, from social rides like Santa Monica Critical Mass, to broad topics like the history of bicycles or bicycle infrastructure terminology.

For the time being the wiki is open for public viewing but not editing/contributing by the public. If you would like to contribute, as an editor or otherwise, please email me at alexcthompson at gmail dot com.

The reason we are restricting editing is that it it can be hard for a new editorial staff to work with a massive influx of new editors. We’re worried about success!! Sometime between May 14th and June 14th the wiki will be opened for public contributions. As the editorial base builds we will gradually release control to a democratically organized group of editors, and build up policies for resolving disputes over content.

I installed and configured this wiki, and my collaborator Paul Bringetto is hosting the wiki on his servers and helping with technical considerations. Several local cyclists, and many members of the Bike Writers Collective, helped to produce the initial content.  Our hope is that the bike community will clamp the ibikeu Wiki in it’s teeth, thrash it, chew it up, and spit it out as an awesome resource for all cyclists. We hope it can be of use for cyclists ranging from race focused roadies to die hard militant Critical Mass riders. It can be used to document general knowledge and specific regional knowledge.

For the internet junkie there are always two resources they visit to start learning about new topics: Google and Wikipedia. My hope for the ibikeu Wiki is that it will become a third option, a starting place, for cycling related topics.

What do you think?

Alex Thompson

Bikerowave co-founder, Cyclists' Bill of Rights co-author, President of Bikeside, and Math Phd. HULK SMASH straight from Michigan!

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