This brief essay reflects on what it means to go slow and fast. Drawing an analogy with a river, the waters of which run sluggishly near the banks but pick up speed in midstream, it contrasts both speed and slowness with the measure of velocity, calculated as the ratio of metric distance to chronological time, premised on the assumption that movement transports the traveller from one point to another, as from bank to bank across the river. This difference between going along (joining with the river current) and going across (taking the bridge) is linked to alternative modalities of perception, which depend on whether the traveller can maintain an upright posture with all-around vision, or whether their vision, from a reclining position, is oriented only forward. In the history of transport, this distinction is linked to that between the saddle and the seat. Re-entering the current of life means exchanging the seat for the saddle.
|Title of host publication||Cycling & Walking for Regional Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||How Slowness Regenerates Marginal Areas|
|Editors||Paolo Pileri, Rossella Moscarelli|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||6|
|ISBN (Print)||978-3-030-44002-2, 978-3-030-44005-3|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Name||Research for Development|
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