New year, new policies

Oliebollen in Utrecht

New Years Eve is the same day as “Old Year’s Day” as it is called in the Netherlands. The name says a lot about the point of view, do we have to look back, or shall we look forward? As my bicycles don’t have mirrors (well, my recumbent has one, but I only ride it twice per year), I prefer to look forward. So, I am looking forward and excited about what we will have for cycling in 2018!

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Dutch legacy of Velo-City

Wow, what a thrilling week! So many cycling friends gathered for one week in the best cycling country of the world. Still a bit fuzzy and impressed by the super organization, the best meetings and great cycling and dance fun, it is hard to draw final conclusions of the conference. Was it the pure joy of sharing the best examples of happy cities and happy people? Was it the the hand over of the EU cycling strategy? Hard to say. On the other hand there are some take-aways for the Netherlands that we can count already as the legacy of Velo-City. Continue reading

Do-It-Yourself visits

guiding Germans in Utrecht

As Mark Wagenbuur stated in his latest blogpost, the excursion season is in full swing in the Netherlands. We receive nummerous requests for tours in our cycling cities to get inspiration and learn from best practices. Apart from the pre- and postprogram of Velo-City, people want to see cities in personalized tours. They have read on the internet and want to experience the world class cycling infrastructure to to bring inspiration back home and tight bonds with Dutch experts. And, I received some requests from people who want to see the city on their own.  In this blogpost I will show you my personal picks on the highlights of Utrecht. Continue reading