Let the Cyclo-adventure begin !
Hi I am Gilbert Ciervo. 29 years old, archaeologist, fan of culture and heritage. Bike for Heritage is a project close to my heart since long time and today I, finally, have the possibility to develop it. With this collection I propose you to help me fund the first web-documentary, with episodes of 5 to 10 minutes, on Heritage that speaks directly to you ! All the information and video will be then supported on a App simple to use.
The project purpose is to valorize the local heritage to the eyes, not of the institutions but of the public who have the impression that, today, the heritage don't speak to them.
It's a democratization of the culture that I wan't to launch, prove that you don't need to be an high level scholar to have interest in " the chronological and typological evolution of the mono-familiar fireplaces in the settlements of Second Iron Age Attica" for example. You just have to reformulate as " How the fire making has changed in the homes of Athen's region between the Vth and the Ist century B.C.".
To do so I have decided that the better way will be to map out all the sites classified as "Humanity Heritage" by UNESCO (an organization that many have at least heard about) and to present them in a more attractive, light, less academic but still full of information, way.
Now you'll ask me why "Bike" ? That's simple ! I chose to unite two of my greater passions. Since my young age I am an amateur cyclist and in Paris, where I live today, the bike is turning into my principal daily transport. It's a slow-movement concept that characterize me very well and that helps a lot to confront this modern world that always goes too fast ! In addition I always been attracted by cycle-tourism, a way to travel without always depending on trains schedules, traffic and that, above all, make us enjoy the places we encounter in the best way.
With these dynamics in mind I told myself " why not integrate the bike thematic into the heritage valorization project ? ". If bike turn into a mean of transport it can also carry us to the sites and places that we want to visit, and...BONUS!...it is ECOLOGIC !
That's how today I am very glad to present you this project named Bike for Heritage !
Which heritage ?
Cultural but also natural. Yes! The UNESCO's World Heritage sites don't only includes the Man most wonderful creations but also the wonders that Nature grants us.
Which difference with the U.N.E.S.C.O. website ?
The U.N.E.S.C.O. website, propose a list that furnish different information on the protected sites and some times medias (video and images) that quickly present them. These are academic presentations, accessible to the general public but that lacks of a certain energy, spirit that I want to include in my project.
Furthermore in my supports I want to include the sites which aren't on the U.N.E.S.C.O. list but that are near the sites that are.
Another part will be dedicated to the touristic and gastronomic advices !
Last but not least ! A section will handle the advertising of the many Heritage preservation or valorization initiatives o the sites or nearby.
To go further…
An initiative with the same "spirit" was launched in 1997-1998 in association with U.N.E.S.C.O. also, named : BikeAbout - The Mediterranean Tour. As you can understand by the title, it was a quite long adventure (9 months) mostly focused on the cooperation and technology. My goal is to really focus on Heritage and its valorization, also enjoying the local culture, and to create an experience accessible to everybody (I am an amateur cyclist too!), with the help of advices and alternative itineraries (even to mine). This BikeAbout experience is in anyway really interesting and is for me a source of inspiration.
UNESCO in bici
A project similar to mine was launched in 2009 by a group of young italians Culture and bike lovers. With UNESCO in bici they travelled 5000 km by bike to connect all the UNESCO sites of the italian peninsula. I didn't knew this project before starting mine but it is clearly a source of inspiration even if at totally sportier level than the one I propose.