Amsterdamize


Meeting Henry of Workcycles
July 19, 2008, 7:04 pm
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Today I oozed to the other side of town to meet Henry Cutler of Workcycles. Up until today, we had only briefly talked on his blog and exchanged some e-mails. He’s an American expat with Dutch heritage (and closer to ‘home’ than I thought, because apparently he’s a far removed cousin of Michael Schaap, a good friend of mine) and he’s an extremely easy going and nice guy. Obviously, within minutes we started talking about Workcycle’s history, bikes, culture and other stuff. Meanwhile, I got to see his operation in action for a couple of hours with a few prospect customers walking in. Did I mention the Workcycles bikes are beautiful in style and functionality? 😉

I tested a few models and I couldn’t help but think I should have waited with buying my Sparta Pick Up. I don’t really regret it, but the Workcycles models are way up there and well worth the extra few hundred euros. One small consolation was that I still needed to have a good Brooks saddle, so no better place than Henry’s to replace it.

Here are some pics of my visit:

Meeting Henry of Workcycles Meeting Henry of Workcycles

Meeting Henry of Workcycles

Meeting Henry of Workcycles Meeting Henry of Workcycles

See the rest in the photo set.



Friday Night Cycle Chic
July 18, 2008, 9:53 pm
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Obviously, Friday nights are perfect to observe Cycle Chic in action. Going to that party, meet at a cafe or cruising to that comfortable terrace at a square downtown, any of these destinations requires just a few basic things: dress up (or casually down) and mount the bike.

Without exception, at all venues of leisure you’ll see two things: people and bikes. Lots of them. The streets belong to us. Makes it all so much more relaxed and convenient.

Friday Night Cycle Chic
Friends riding into town

Friday Night Cycle Chic
Marie Heineken Square, O’Donnell’s terrace.

Friday Night Cycle Chic
Riding into De Pijp neighborhood.

Friday Night Cycle Chic
Pedaling towards De Jordaan neighborhood.

Friday Night Cycle Chic
Waiting at a bicycle traffic light, leaning and standing up.

I shot these pictures with my Nokia N95 camera.



Interview with Mikael Colville-Andersen
July 18, 2008, 7:03 pm
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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.”



Amsterdamize Dog Transport
July 18, 2008, 6:36 pm
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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. 🙂



Ben Bikes!
July 18, 2008, 5:10 pm
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Benjamin, my friend Wiendelt’s 3 year old son had a pleasant surprise for his dad a while ago.
Click the image and watch his video: 

“He’s yet to be fully potty trained, but he can bike. Just turned 3 years! Watch him go!”

How very Dutch of Ben! 🙂



Amsterdam Through Visitors’ Eyes
July 18, 2008, 4:25 pm
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From Columbus Rides:

Blogging from Amsterdam

“I am in Amsterdam now. Lots of bicycles. Will post photos when I return. They have parking lots for bikes. No sports/fitness bikes like in the US. Only utility bikes. They don’t lock the bikes to racks. They just lock the rear wheel in hopes someone doesn’t pick it up and walk off.No helmets either.

The transit system is so sophisticated that there are street lights for the bikes. Cyclists pull up to the light like a car, but in their own lane. The light changes, the light actually has a picture of a bicycle in it.

The weirdest bicycle moment was when we were eating dinner last night. A one legged man doubled on the back of his friends bike. He came down the street and greeted his friend. Then he jumped on the back of the bike. His friend took off with him and his crutches in tow on the rear rack.

More later…”

(PS. I added the picture)



Cyclus Noctem
July 18, 2008, 10:00 am
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3 A.M., July 17 2008.

3 A.M. City Cycling