Filed under: amsterdamize, photos | Tags: amsterdam, bicycle, cyclechic, cycling, summer
After 3 weeks of rain, basically, the city gets back its color…and so do cyclists.
See the rest of Summer Cycle Chic here.
Filed under: amsterdamize, bicycle tv, my bike, video | Tags: amsterdam, bicycle, bicycletv, bikelane, mybike, people, ride, vondelpark
I’ve reached the final stage of moving blogs, which means that most of you won’t be able to load them, due to DNS changes that will be finalized tomorrow. Hence, I’m putting today’s post up here as well. Thanks to Nicholas for alerting me.
The summer returned today after 3 weeks of rain. A good reason to take a detour around the block while shopping for groceries and flip out the phone camera.
Camera: Nokia N95
Color correction/distortion was applied
Filed under: amsterdamize, photos | Tags: amsterdam, bicycle, citycycling, cycling, ride, slow, theslowbicyclemovement
Because it gives you time to observe and enjoy.
1) “On Spiegelstraat towards Herengracht. Sexiness on two wheels. Hey, how can you not enjoy this?”
2) “Herengracht near Thorbecke/Rembrandt Square. Probably somebody who confused having a sense of humor with vandalism while drunk last night.”
3) “Utrechtsestraat towards Frederiksplein. She was too fast for my slow ride, had to hurry.”
4) “On Van Baerlestraat, which is being reconstructed. Girl is comfortably talking to a friend on her mobile phone.”
5) “On Van Baerlestraat, parking at the Albert Heijn supermarket at Museum Square, next to an identical bike as mine, apart from the rack on the back and different color.”
6) “Parked behind me at the Albert Heijn supermarket at Museum Square was one of Workcycles’ handmade Preacher’s bicycles.”
7) “On Jan Pieter Heijestraat towards Kinkerstraat. Your Message Here. Bike taxi.”
Filed under: amsterdamize, news | Tags: bicycle, copenhagenize, cyclechic, interview
Cycloculture just posted their excellent interview with Mikael “The Sartorialist On Two Wheels” Colville-Andersen of Copenhagen Cycle Chic, Copenhagenize & The Slow Bicycle Movement. An excerpt of what can be applied to cycling in the Netherlands and Amsterdam as well:
“Q: How have Copenhagen and other European cities made travel by bicycle so easy, accepted, and fashionable? What can cities in the USA and other parts of the world do to emulate the best elements of Copenhagen’s cycling culture?
A: Copenhagen has been dedicated to creating ‘liveable spaces for living people’ for the better part of four decades. Bicycle infrastructure is a big part of it, but not the only part. It is a classic tale of ‘if you build it, they will come.’ If you give your citizens the opportunity to ride, by providing separated bike lanes and facilities, they will ride. If you help present cycling as easy and fast and accessible, branding it as an acceptable form of transport, they will ride. Less focus on safety – people aren’t stupid – more focus on the benefits of cycling – personal and societal – and you are planting the seeds of bicycle culture. In North America, the sports industry have worked hard for decades to sell cycling as a sport or a hobby. Now we need to get people to realise it doesn’t have to be only a sport. It is transport for people in normal clothes. 54% of Copenhageners ride their bikes because it’s easy and fast. Using your bike is a given here. It’s second nature. It’s not something you think about. You just do it.”
Filed under: amsterdamize, video | Tags: amsterdam, bicycle, bikeshare, dog, pet, transport
Amsterdammers also like ‘bike share’ programs of their own, on a human level. Friends hop on and ride along on the back rack, kids assume either the suicide position in front and enjoy the full spectrum of an Amsterdam bike commute or they doze off in the back seat of their parent’s alternative SUV.
Or, as in this case, which involves a man’s best friend and the need to move him/her around town, all you need is a box. Meet Johnson, Andrew Watsons’ bulldog:
And don’t you dare start commenting on the lack of helmet wear, of either the human or the K-9.
Filed under: amsterdamize, my bike, video | Tags: amsterdam, bicycle, citycycling, cycling, night, video
3 A.M., July 17 2008.
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Filed under: amsterdamize, my bike, photos | Tags: bicycle, purchase, sparta, transportfiets
A Dutch Sparta Pickup transport bike, bought at Het Zwarte Fietsenplan. I love it to death already. More about this beauty later on, now I have to [slowly] ride into town and meet a friend at a terrace.
Here’s what happens when three teens ride around town on one bike, not an uncommon scene in Amsterdam.
- The boy is steering, one girl is on the handlebars, one girl on the back
- All three take turns holding the camera
- The girl on the back also takes turns pedaling
It’s all in Dutch, but you’ll understand the fooling around vibe. The footage is messy, but not at all annoying, certainly entertaining. Enjoy.
[PS. Yes, you recognized the street from my last bicycle vlog.]
Filed under: news, video | Tags: bicycle, business, infrastructure, news, usa, video
Back to the future! I watched this last night, but couldn’t for the life of me find the real video embed stuff (way to go MSNBC!). No panic, of course another bike blogger would’ve seen it too! Bingo:
On so many levels this has never happened to me:
1. I watched the news and felt upbeat and excited afterwards
2. I watched the news and two stories (1 & 2) in a row were showing what used to be ‘alternative’ ideas as mainstream.
3. I watched the news because I turned it on, and I didn’t walk away
Thank goodness I was waiting for Hub to get ready to go get his bike at the shop or these great things would have never have happened to me.
I think this news item is good, but when it comes to exposure, building awareness and promoting usage, the web is already light years ahead. I just know the cycle phenomenon has grown way bigger in the US than most assume right now. It’s just a sad state of affairs that one still needs acknowledgment from the MSM to feel legit, public scrutiny and all.
(Speaking of scrutiny: no, I couldn’t even embed the video on Amsterdamize. The code is not compatible. But I’m happy linking you to a fellow bicycle nut…)