This is understandably a very frequently asked question. The daily stages varies and can be between 50-90 km, so they are reasonable even for inexperienced cyclists, or for simple bikes. However, we recommend that inexperienced cyclists cycle 120 km over two days before the main event to get an idea what it feels like. Gather a group of colleagues and try it out. You can cycle in small or larger groups or even at your own pace. We have reason to expect that some people will race, and that’s fine too. However, the programme will be built around the main group, which will move at relaxed speed. The organizers guarantee that nobody will be left behind.
This is an another frequently asked question. We hope that the your employer understands the nature of this professional unconference and gives you the opportunity to participate there in your working time. This is very much professional and also supporting your well-being at work. We operate with the support and encouragement of a number of different library associations and we share the values of IFLA and EBLIDA. We speak for the openness and cooperation and we want to support non-governmental and non-organizational, i.e. cross-border library expertise and library skills at all levels. It’s great if your employer will support the event, because it gives you the opportunity to keep yourself in good physical condition and keep up to date in the development of the rapidly changing library world at one go! It is certain that you will come back in better shape than you left! Your entire organization will benefit. And bring your colleagues too!
The organizer will offer breakfasts and lunches during the road trip and beverages as needed. Dinners and other meals the participants pay themselves. For the 2015 tour there will be different dining alternatives in the evenings, depending on the location.
We’ll offer accommodation to all participants along the road, but not before or after. We also offer shower/washing facilities after cycling where it is possible; however, please note that what we will offer is mostly camp-like conditions and not hotel-like facilities. You will need to bring a sleeping bag as well as a sleeping pad/inflatable mattress for the 2015 tour. You will be sharing your accomodation with 2-4 or more persons.
A maintenance van accompanies us all the way. It will be carrying your heavy and cumbersome equipment for you, so you can concentrate on cycling and enjoying the tour. The staff in the van takes responsibility for basic maintenance of bikes and broken tyres and also for injured cyclist during the journey. The van will carry the medical supplies and beverages necessary during the road trip.
The maintenance van also has cameras and the technical communication equipment needed to make recordings as well. The van works as a registration and info point during the trip and is of course a visible marker of our mission.
Unfortunately you need to figure out how to get your bike to the tour and back. The easiest way could be to bring bikes together with colleagues, either as cargo or in your own car (this is what we will do), but they go well with trains or in a plane, too. So, bikes can fly as you can read here (http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/travel/flying.htm). More information about European railway companies you will find here: http://railpassenger.uic.asso.fr/usefull.html?lang=english&nompage=usefull.html&fontsize=1 ; take a look also here: http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/travel_information/at_the_station/bicycles.jsp.
You can also rent a bike from the countries in which we cycle; instructions for renting bikes will be published here below.
Note, that you must have travel insurance for the trip. The organizers cannot insure you. In addition to that, and if you live in Europe, The European Health Insurance Card ensures that you will get the same access to public sector health care (e.g. a doctor, a pharmacy, a hospital or a health care centre) as nationals of the country you are visiting. If you have to receive medical attention in a country that charges for health care, you will be reimbursed either immediately, or after you go home to your own country. The idea is that you are given the care you need to allow you to continue with your stay. The card makes it easier for people from the European Union’s 27 Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to access health care services during temporary visits abroad. For the European Health Insurance Card check this: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=509&langId=eng. If you live outside of Europe, find out what your insurance covers in Europe.
An important part of the cycling tour will be the sharing of experiences and thoughts with each other. We will make use of the present-day communication tools and techniques to let people know about the various events and also mishaps during the journey on-line, if possible. Whether you make the trip with old retro style or contemporary manner, whether you cycle effectively or just enjoy the scenery, whether you cycle in a small group or in a big one, we just hope that you will share your impressions with the other participants and push them to our website as well. You can do this with photographs or blog text. The videos are also welcome. We will collect pictures, tweets and other material tagged #cyc4lib on to our website at http://www.cyclingforlibraries.org. We encourage you to collect your impressions and broadcast them on the web!
Still not decied, the Cycling for libraries tour has previously been videoed with our small but professional production team. The team is very familiar with the library world, and runs a web-TV called Kirjastokaista. Throughout the journey the team will make interviews of both the participants and other library professionals and also shoot the events of the trip with all its incidents on video tape, so be prepared! The video material will be published during the same day. We may also do some streamings.
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