The friendly competition continues

At the end of the meteorological summer, @bijnanooit closed his 10 year practical research into getting wet during his cycling commute. He started his project based upon the idea that facts must convince people and recording his experiences Would help them to get tot he idea it almost never rains. Through media coverage during short wet periods, he gradually understood his message would have little impact on changing habits in commuter traffic. He is preaching to the choir, people who have been cycling see their confirmation by his data, while the non-cyclists mainly pay attention to @bijnanooit when it rains. Nevertheless, I welcome his efforts over the years and hope his website will remain available for future use. Many small stories like his can contribute to the big story about cycling as an happy and effective means of transport. Continue reading

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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