A City Built Around Cyclists


In my perfect little dream world, I would be living in a location that provides the tropical conditions that I love so much along with incredible cycling infrastructure…..and no cars.

Yeah, that would be totally perfect and…believe me…I’ve searched and searched the world for a place like this.  I was reminded last week of this ideal location when I read a post by my fellow cycling blogger friend James over at The Urban Cyclist.  He wrote about a city that is currently being developed in central China, outside of Chengdu.

When completed, this city will be an eco-friendly place where people are surrounded by green space and will allow limited vehicles.  I love the sounds of that, and you can read all about it here: China Building New Eco City.

I haven’t been able to find my dream location yet, but I did write about a place that I see in my mind and would desperately love to live in.  As my American friends sink into the Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone else cruises through the week….have another look at Arcanum pāx, the place I’d like to call home.

Arcanum pāx

There is a little known island about half way between the Caribbean islands and the coast of Africa.  Its name is Arcanum pāx, meaning “the secret peace”.  On this island, the only means of transportation is by bicycle.  The only relationships they know are love and peace.  And the only thoughts that flow are ones of positivity.

The islanders start off each morning with a time for gratitude.  Whether they do it in groups or in solitude, each and every one of them envisions, writes down, or speaks about all they are grateful for.

Their bodies are full of proper nutrition which fuels their thoughts and energizes their being.  This is combined with daily exercise and creates agreement in the body, mind, and soul.  They spend hours alone on their bicycles, in meditation and silence.  They receive healing and rejuvenation from sea baths in the ocean.

They appreciate one another and are never jealous or envious of anyone or anything.  In fact, they make a habit of telling one another what they appreciate most about each other.  There is peace and harmony that exists between the residents.

There is no need for tourism, industry, or commercialization because they have manifested everything they’ve ever needed, and continue to attract what they need each and every day.  This isn’t a utopian society, just one place on Earth where they followed a different path.  They took a chance….and to me, they succeeded incredibly.  These Islanders have all they need and more.

If you are interested, I invite you to enquire more into this fascinating island….but you won’t find them on a website or travel book.  It is a lost forgotten place and they want to keep it that way.  Perfect.  I hope y’all find your “Arcanum pāx” this week.

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6 Responses to “ A City Built Around Cyclists ”

  1. Jeremy on November 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

    That city in China looks perfect. How come we aren’t building these in the United States?

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

      It sure would be cool if there were more of these built around the world. Maybe once this one is up and running, other countries will follow along.

  2. Curtis on November 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

    They both sound nice to me. I think I’d take the island version for the better weather then China has to offer.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

      I’m with you on that one, Curtis…..good biking, green living, and warm weather is my preference as well.

  3. Nate on November 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I’d like to live in either of these places. I’m pretty lucky in that I get to ride my bike most places but it would be even better if I didn’t have to deal with the traffic and vehicles on the road.


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