Author(s): Laura Williamson
'The bicycle is a time machine, a link to the past. But sometimes the bicycle also feels like a link to the future - not the future we once imagined, the one with flying cars and replicators, but more like the one the Victorians might have pictured: streets crowded with bikes, strange ones of all kinds.'The bicycle - cheap, healthy and little-changed in more than a century - is, for Laura Williamson, more than just about sport or transport. Riding a bike brings moments of joy, liberation, revolution and change. From cycling suffragists to the Christchurch rebuild, life on two wheels spins us out beyond well-trod paths to a fresh and fast-moving take on New Zealand.
Laura Williamson is a Canadian writer, columnist and spoken-word performer who has lived in New Zealand for twenty years. Her love affair with the country began when she first visited as a nine-year-old; her love affair with bikes began after she moved to New Zealand. She has written the 'Spoken' front-of-magazine column in Spoke since 2011, and her articles, columns and poems have been published widely in New Zealand and around the world, including in the Dominion Post, The Age, North & South, Otago Daily Times, the Press and KiaOra.