Life in the Bike Lane

February 28, 2012

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As the Netherlands has proven, if you build it (bicycle infrastructure) they will come (13.4 million bicycle owners out of a population of 16 million.) That doesn’t mean everyone here cycles everyday—about 40 percent of daily journeys are still made by car, according to the country’s Fietsersbond or Bike Union—but even non-cyclists remain positive about […]

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Sex, surveys, women and bikes

February 23, 2012

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I just came across this article on Treehugger: Female Cyclists Say They’d Give Up Sex Before Biking. (But with one disclaimer: only for a month.) As a woman who loves cycling, I’m not that flabbergasted. According to the article, 58% of women who were surveyed would choose cycling over sex versus 50% of men. This […]

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Flat Tire Blues

February 15, 2012

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I’ve had two flat tires within weeks of each other—this, after having none for nearly two years. Either it’s due to shoddy service or the snow and ice on the streets, which created rough surfaces that are difficult to gauge.  All I know is that after work, I got off the subway and found my […]

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Bike Love

February 12, 2012

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, the time of year that causes heightened emotions. If you’re coupled and you both dig it, it can be terribly romantic. If you’re coupled and one of you doesn’t—ranting, say, that Valentine’s Day is a bourgeois holiday utilized by businesses to simply sell more stuff—then it’s a headache that probably leads […]

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The Man Who Lived On His Bike

February 7, 2012

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I came across this short film on quite a few bike blogs, so happy to repost. Created by Guillaume Blanchet for his father, the film trails Guillaume hitting the streets of Montreal (which is colder than Amsterdam at the moment, but just… so it seems appropriate for a February post) perched atop his bike. And […]

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Winter Cycling in Amsterdam

February 5, 2012

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Because cycling isn’t considered a sport in Holland—it’s transportation, as any Dutchie will tell you—it doesn’t have a season. When winter rolls around, people still bike everywhere because the same rules of cycling apply year-round: it’s cheap, you never get stuck in traffic, you can always find a parking space (though you can be fined: […]

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