Amsterdamize


Pedaling Hard
July 23, 2008, 1:12 am
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I’ve just about finished working on two new interweb homes for Amsterdamize:

The first will show a new design, but the same familiar content, text, photos and videos. I created the second (Amsterdamize : Bicycle TV) for your convenience, so you can browse through all of the videos in one place. Much better, I think.

Things left to do, which will probably take a few days:

  • Automatically redirecting you and other visitors from the ‘old’ blog to the new one
  • Transferring the rest of the extensive blogroll and other info
  • Tweaking quite a few posts for optimal performance

Things for further consideration:

  • If you’re subscribed through this feed, you don’t have to worry about changing it for the new blog, it’s still the same one
  • You can now also opt to just subscribe exclusively to the videos through the Bicycle TV RSS feed, iTunes or Miro.

Special note: I’d like to thank NunoXEI for creating that amazingly fitting logo for the new blog. I owe you one, my friend!

Let me know what you think of it all! I appreciate suggestions and ideas!

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

3 A.M. City Cycling



Bicycle For A Day
July 15, 2008, 5:45 pm
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Bicycle For A Day is a NYC bicycle project initiated by Matthew Modine, trying to help promote bike use among individuals, communities, governments and corporations. for all the obvious reasons.

He features in a short film called ‘The Perfect Circle’ by Daniel Leeb (Cinecycle Productions), as part of the larger I-Cycle Film Series, which is all great to watch. I’m a video buff by default and most certainly when it comes to cycle films, so I’m thrilled to share this nugget. For all the text you can write or photos you can take, nothing can match the impact of film.



Building Momentum
July 8, 2008, 10:45 am
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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.

 

building a bicycle infrastructure in Boston

building a bicycle infrastructure in Boston

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…)



Lest We Forget – Bicycle Repairman Rules
June 26, 2008, 5:29 pm
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Amsterdamize Bicycle Vlog #2: “I Can’t Slow Down”
June 25, 2008, 4:52 pm
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No, I really can’t.

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Video Food For Thought
June 25, 2008, 10:27 am
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It’s been a long time since I last checked WhereTheHellisMatt, the quasi-famous ‘guy who dances on the internet’. A few days ago he posted a video update:

However quirky the backdrop of this tale is, it’s obvious the message is simply very powerful and mesmerizing. Thinking about it for a few seconds, I saw the similarities between this and the cycle life many of us like to promote and share with others, posting our experiences online, be it by text, photos or video. A message of ‘get on and just ride’, no matter where you are.

So, my idea is to setup a little project in a similar fashion…without the need to travel (of course I wouldn’t mind). Let’s give it a working title for now, ‘Where The Hell Is My Bike’:

  • Put your inhibitions aside
  • Take your (phone) camera (all of them have video mode these days)
  • Get on your bike, like you always do
  • Ride!
  • Shoot while riding (this involves some practice, but it’s easy, really)
  • Any route will do
  • Two angles: 1) filming straight ahead, 2) filming yourself (stretch your arm sideways and point your camera at yourself and hold.
  • Send your footage to me. (We’ll sort out how, by any means. The interwebs are cool with that)

 

What you reckon? Can we do this?