It is a sad feature of existence that it is easier to identify the end of a success story than the beginning of one. On the other hand, without the success story, there would be no need to mark the moment.
EcoVelo, the creation of Alan and Michael Barnard and dedicated to the celebration of transportation cycling, has officially shut up shop. Here’s part of the January 1, 2012, announcement:
“As of January 1, 2012, this site is no longer being updated. It will remain live at this location as a resource for the transportation cycling community until at least January 1, 2014.
“Over the 3.5 years that EcoVelo was active, we generated 3,320 posts of various sorts including road tests, product reviews, op-ed pieces, technical articles, advocacy and infrastructure news pieces, and a myriad of other tidbits related to using bicycles for transportation. Along with our regular daily blog posts, we also curated an extensive commuter bicycle gallery and a large collection of bicycle commuter profiles.”
In November 2011, London Cyclist listed EcoVelo as 17 on its top 50 bike blog list based on “factors including page rank, Alexa Rank, Google In-links, Twitter and number of comments.”
Before EcoVelo, the Barnard name was linked to a site with a different focus but the same clean design aesthetic: The Recumbent Blog. That publication finally closed in 2011 when the couple who took over site management from the Barnards encountered health problems.
With no mention of a similar transfer of ownership, EcoVelo has now apparently reached the same bend in the road. Still, there’s plenty to read, including the excellent Bike Commuting 101 series featured on the static site’s landing page.