Pigeon Politburo with photographer Gil Garcetti

The cover for Gil Garcetti's book, Paris Women and Bicycles

Photographer Gil Garcetti has captured the everyday grace and beauty of citizen cyclists in modern day Paris.

Photographer Gil Garcetti will give a talk about his book, “Paris: Women and Bicycles”, at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop (located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2010.

At Flying Pigeon LA, we’re big believers in “Bicycle Culture 2.0” – the idea of people riding their bikes as they do normal, day-to-day things. It is funny to some that this type of activity even needs a special name, but in our experience (born and raised in Los Angeles), it helps to explain what our shop is all about.

Words, however, can only go so far.

Pictures can do a much better job, and that’s where photographer Gil Garcetti and his wonderful book, “Paris: Women and Bicycles“, come into the story. We’ve snagged a small share of time in Garcetti’s busy, globe-trotting, schedule and he’s agreed to do a talk and Q&A at our shop on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

From the book jacket of “Paris: Women and Bicycles”:

For nearly three years, Gil Garcetti, has been photographing women riding bicycles in Paris. Women of all ages, smartly dressed, use bicycles to get to work, to visit friends, to go shopping, go to the movies or the opera, and even to funerals. The weather is never an impediment — these women ride in the snow, the rain and the heat. With evocative urban imagery and lush color, this book will inspire readers to leave their cars for their bikes wherever they may need to go with Parisian flair. This book is one component of a community bicycling initiative in Southern California.

Los Angeles is in the throes of it’s own full-tilt bicycle renaissance, with Mayor Villaraigosa holding his own “Bike Summit” recently and a major update to the city’s long neglected bike infrastructure in the works. Yet, in the midst of this culture change, we are often starved for images of what a bike friendly city really looks like.

Garcetti’s work provides the imagery so many of us long to see. His work provides a lens with which to view our own streets, our own lives, as commuters, parents, and community members. “Paris: Women and Bicycles” opens up the fun and the pageantry of masses of people using bikes to get around town in their daily lives.

Photographer Gil Garcetti will give a talk about his book, “Paris: Women and Bicycles”, at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop (located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2010.

Admission is free, refreshments will be served.

Copies of Gil’s new book available for purchase and signing. Mention the word ‘Paris’ for $5.00 off.

Getting to Flying Pigeon LA bike shop:

  • By Metro – we’re served by the 81 and 83 lines and are just blocks away from the Heritage Square Gold Line Station.
  • By car, 110 Freeway, exit Avenue 43, left on Figueroa St., park at Avenue 37 and N. Figueroa St.

Flying Pigeon LA is a specialty bike retailer located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065. Our phone number is 213-909-8986 but you’re better off trying to contact us at info@flyingpigeon-la.com

We stock Flying Pigeon bicycles (of course), our “Deluxe” line of Flying Pigeons, Batavus, Gazelle, Pashley, Biomega, Achielle, Torker, Velorbis, and Nihola Family bikes. Our accessories include the Bobike Mini/Maxi/Junior line, Yepp Maxi and Mini child seats, Design House Stockholm baskets, Pocampo Bags, Basil bags & baskets, various rear wheel locks from AXA & Abus, a select line of tires from Schwalbe, saddles and other goodies from Velo Orange and Brooks and loads of other good stuff.

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