Billet en français Hundreds of people cycled together through the Amsterdam evening rush hour last Friday. They chanted “Cycle paths… Scooter free” and – in true Amsterdam style – “Why are all these scooters here? Dump that garbage in the … Continue reading Why are all these scooters here?
Three rental cargo bikes and a group of smiling people could be seen riding through Utrecht on a beautiful autumn day not so long ago. They were on a tour that had got the name “Coeur Bike Utrecht”. The tour … Continue reading Coeur Bike Utrecht, a cargo bike tour
Велосипедизация Санкт-Петербурга – Velosipedization of Saint Petersburg, is an organisation that wants to promote cycling in Russia’s second largest city. This organisation invited me to speak on their second annual conference on Friday the 15th of May last. The other … Continue reading Velosipedization of Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg in Russia will host an International Cycling Conference on the 15th and 16th of May next. The conference is titled “Urban Sustainable Traffic and the Use of Bicycles” and it aims to be a platform where international experts … Continue reading Saint Petersburg cycling conference
A little over a week ago, there was a protest for longer green times of the cycling traffic lights in Utrecht. The local chapter of the Cyclists’ Union (Fietsersbond) and the organisation Kracht van Utrecht (Power of Utrecht*) offered people … Continue reading Why are we waiting? Protest for longer green times
For many of you it is holiday time and you may have other things on your mind. But if you have an hour to spare in the coming days I would like to recommend watching the video below. It is … Continue reading What can Seattle learn from Dutch street design?
“This would be a perfect area for a trial with a maximum speed of 30km/h” (18mph) explains a traffic expert of the city of Amsterdam to a child in a film that was broadcast on Dutch national TV almost 42 … Continue reading Amsterdam children fighting cars in 1972
From the 4th November 1973 there were a number of Car Free Sundays in the Netherlands. The Dutch had supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War in October 1973. This was reason for some of the oil producing countries to … Continue reading Car Free Sundays, a 40 year anniversary
It was opened on the 13th of July, 1885, the magnificent national museum of the Netherlands; the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. And it was festively re-opened on April 13th this year, after an almost 10 year renovation that brought the interior … Continue reading Bicycle Underpass Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Utrecht suddenly has little red men sitting on the traffic lights. They hold signs with texts like “red alert!” or “follow the red lights!” and a QR-code and the name of a website “itsredman.nl“. When you go to that site you see a video that starts with the texts “Somewhere on a junction in the Netherlands…, where traffic meets, your patience could be rewarded.” It’s Red Man The final caption in the video says: “Traffic safety must be celebrated!“. The site gives only little information: “Hurray 10 years TeamAlert! Traffic safety must be celebrated! And today just a little bit … Continue reading Traffic safety must be celebrated
If this doesn’t make you feel good I don’t know what does: a lovely fairy-like girl in a dress full of lit cycle lights handing these lights one by one to people on bicycles who don’t have working lights. The … Continue reading I want to see you; use your lights
If you follow me on Twitter you know that I was in Budapest last weekend. The Hungarian Cyclists’ Club (Magyar Kerékpárosklub) invited four Dutch experts from different fields of expertise for four bike events, organized in the European Mobility Week. … Continue reading Budapest Bike Weekend