Lucas Winzenburg, the founding editor of Bunyan Velo, spoke today at the Skift Global Forum.

Bunyan Velo is a quarterly collection of photographs, essays, and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bicycle. Winzenburg is happiest when pedaling along dirt roads through unfamiliar places.

Here are three things we learned from his talk:

  • “Bunyan Velo helps break down barriers to bicycle tourism. It shows that the world is not a scary place. You don’t need to be in the best shape, you don’t need to have the best bicycle, and you don’t have to travel around the world to have a great adventure.”
  • “I realized that traveling by bicycling was really the best way to explore a place and its people. Biking is travel at a human scale. It makes you earn every mile. It also allows you to meet people in the areas where you’re traveling. When you’re traveling with bags and wheels, people — without fail — are going to ask you about who you are and where you’re going.”
  • When Lucas started to look for content creators for his digital magazine, he found that “all the best stuff out there was on Blogspot, Flickr and Tumblr accounts. There was no one place to go to find those photos and inspiration.”

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Photo Credit: Lucas Winzenburg speaking at Skift Global Forum in New York City on Oct. 9, 2014. Skift