Bicycles flooded Rome’s Imperial Fora as cyclists rallied asking politicians for an “urban revolution.” Six years after the Save the Cyclists demonstration, Rome’s city center — which usually teems with tourists coming from more bike-friendly cities — gave way to a unique demonstration in the afternoon: a cycling rally.
A stairway served as stage, speakers spoke briefly one after the other and radios spread their speeches. Demonstrators observed a minute of silence lying on the ground beside their bikes to remember all the cyclists who have lost their lives. The rally ended with balloons lifting a paper bike in the air. Then, people reached the Sapienza University of Rome, and ate together in the Cacciatorella Park.
It was the people’s party of individualist revolutionaries: there weren’t two identical bikes among the thousands at the rally. They were also idealists: for once they decided to get together to fight against “a wrong way” and to propose “a completely different way to live our cities.”