EcoVelo Closing January 1st, 2012
EcoVelo, one of the most respected and popular web sites dedicated to cycling and all things green is closing shop on January 1st, 2012. I was a bit stunned by their announcement:
It’s with a bittersweet mix of emotions that we’ve decided to close up shop on January 1, 2012. It’s been a great ride that we’ve enjoyed immensely, but it’s time to move on to new challenges.
We want to thank all of those who have supported us along the way, from family, friends, readers, sponsors, and fellow bloggers, to those who submitted material for our Bike Gallery, Photo Contests, and Commuter Profiles. Your input and participation were extremely important aspects of what made EcoVelo unique.
Our plan is to leave the site live on the web as a resource for the cycling community for two years, until January 1, 2014. With nearly 3,300 posts, there’s certainly plenty here to keep new riders busy for a while. Over the next 30 days we’ll be wrapping up a few remaining articles and posting any new Commuter Profile or Gallery submissions that come in.
Finally, this change does not signify a move away from our commitment to using bicycles for transportation. In fact, going forward we hope to spend even more time riding bicycles and sharing information with people we meet on the road. Who knows, perhaps we’ll cross paths with you out there on the trail one day…
All the best—
Alan & Michael
No real mention of why, I suppose that’s their business and not mine. I know that for me there are times when blogging starts to feel like work. When that happens and it loses the fun element I ask myself “why am I doing this?” Blogging with any regularity takes quite a bit of effort and when I start feeling like it’s becoming work I tend to back away for a bit until I get inspired again. Obviously Alan and Michael are ready to move on so I wish them well and note they will be sorely missed.
EcoVelo has been a great source of inspiration for me and thousands of other cyclists and bloggers. If you’ve never been by EcoVelo do so now, if n0thing else for the photography. Their images are often breath taking. The reviews are exceptional.
Best wishes to you both and thank you, Alan and Michael!