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Amsterdamize : A Bicycle Commute Vlog
June 24, 2008, 7:02 pm
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Bringing you along on one of my A to B A to B to C to B bicycle commutes through downtown Amsterdam. Mind you, there is some occasional swearing involved, not safe for work. 🙂

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Links with your coffee – Saturday
June 21, 2008, 1:02 pm
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Sent in by Amsterdamize faithful NunoXEI:

  • Google’s Sexy Bicycle Giveaways and Africa’s Versatile Bike Trucks
    “The Internet search engine company Google, now a reputable green icon with its solar powered Mountainview headquarters, last year gave away bicycles to its staff in Europe, Asia and Africa as part of its efforts to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment.”

    “In Africa, bicycles to those who can afford them are everything and never to come in sexy, trendy models as those Google, or the Swedish furniture maker, Ikea, were offering their staff for free. Versatility is everything and depending on where you are, a bicycle can be a large farm truck or an ambulance saving lives deep in the African jungle.” 
  • Bicycling in Peru: An Art of Adaptation
    “In some places in Peru it is just as common to see people bicycling as it is driving cars. Most Peruvians cannot afford cars and for this reason, bicycles provide an excellent, inexpensive means of quick transportation. Peruvians also are masters at modifying their bicycles in creative ways so that they can be used to transport goods and tools for their work and businesses. Fruits, vegetables, construction materials, ice cream, meat, bananas, pets, and countless other items can be transported by bicycle, when a cart has been added. Unlike in the United States though, these aren’t your everyday bicycle carts.”

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  • Germany Looks to Boost Biking as Europe Pedals Past
    “Germany wants to double its bicycle traffic by 2012. While breaking Germany’s car addiction has proved a major challenge, other European cities have shown it’s possible to make the switch.”
  • Wheeling Out A New Idea For Commuters (Canada)
    “Montrealers will get to try North America’s first self-serve bicycle rental system as early as this fall, said André Lavallée, the city’s executive committee member in charge of transportation.
    The new system will feature public bike stations set up across the city where commuters will be able to use a credit card, rent a bike for a minimal fee and then drop it off at a second station near their intended destination.” 
  • As oil prices soar, for-hire bikes make US debut
    “In the next few months, the US federal capital, Washington DC, will be the first city in the United States to have a two-wheeled transport solution unveiled under its nose.A rival of Jean-Claude Decaux, whose Velib are popular on Paris streets, Clear Channel Outdoor is bringing the biking scheme stateside. The US company also hopes to branch out into other US cities soon such as Minneapolis, Albuquerque and Portland, Oregon.”
  • Taste the freedom that comes with bicycling (Australia, Dreams On Wheels Exhibition)
    “”It’s a bit like how having a car is a status symbol in some countries – do you have a red Porsche or a white Peugeot? In Denmark, if you have a Christiana bike (a trike which can carry children, weights and loads), or a Biomega cycle, you’re saying who you are.” 
  • Her dream quest: Woman and her children bike to Maine to fulfill lifelong yearning
    “I don’t see many problems,” she says in the days before departure. “We’re going to camp and meet people. Can’t you just imagine people along the way offering you dinner or a place to camp? I think those people exist out there and we’re going to meet them.”
  • Quotes About Cycling (hat tip to Cyclelicio.us)
    “I thought of that while riding my bike.” — Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity

    “At that age, it’s one of the worse things in the world to wake up and not see your bike where you left it.” — Hip-hop star 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, on the theft of his childhood bike 

    “The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” — Iris Murdoch, ‘The Red and the Green’

    “I hope that cycling in London will become almost Chinese in its ubiquity.” — Boris Johnson, The Guardian, March 18, 2006

    “If you brake, you don’t win.” — Mario Cipollini

    “Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.” — Bob Weir, Grateful Dead

    “Cyclists…are the gods of the road.” — Actor, Nigel Havers, ‘The Daily Mail’, 13th June 2006 



Torn (updated)
May 13, 2008, 8:56 pm
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Off the road, originally uploaded by Karel de Beer.

I’m sick to my stomach. I’m only half the man I was just a few days ago. Nothing seems what it used to be. I’m cranky, disoriented and frustrated.

My bike is wrecked and needs a complete overhaul. If only my bike shop had been open today, this post wouldn’t haven been necessary.

— Update: I’m back in business! My neighborhood bicycle repair shop (husband and wife) did a splendid job and as a bonus, they fixed my rear seat, for free! They just know how to make an Amsterdamized man happy. The shop now has me as a prospect customer for a new bike, specifically the one old-fashioned but new cargo bike that was parked outside. A week ago I was set to buy it online, but nothing beats good service and supporting your local shop. 

Honestly, they had me a day before, when she said: “I’ll send you a text message when it’s ready.” —