fietsers-rijksmuseum May 3, 2015

Oh those tourists on bikes

April 6, 2015

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Easter is a major weekend for tourists invading Amsterdam. For a capital with roughly one million inhabitants, Amsterdam attracts 250,000 Chinese tourists a year, not to mention British Hen party-goers, who never fail to make an impression with their offensive language and equally offensive matching pink T-shirts/tutus,/playboy bunny ears/boas or baseball caps. I’ve often chatted […]

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Bikes get a second life

March 29, 2015

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Every few weeks, the news (Dutch or otherwise) seems to have an article about there being too many bikes in Amsterdam. Included amongst these are abandoned bikes, a good number of which are hastily dumped near Central Station. Dozens of studies have been conducted trying to understand why owners never come back, but with no […]

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Cycling in the Sun

March 8, 2015

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I haven’t written a blog post since 2012–a thousand reasons for that. But I’m still cycling, still in Amsterdam, and the sun has encouraged me to pick up my efforts yet again. So Dam Bike Betty is back, this time with more air in her wheels…. It’s a sunny day, signalling the beginning of spring, […]

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It’s been awhile, but there’s always bike news!

April 9, 2012

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I haven’t written in a long time–winter distracted me–but there is always more where bikes are concerned. Just noticed that Portland, Oregon will be having its 10th Anniversary Filmed by Bike  film festival showcasing bike-themed movies from around the world April 13-15th, so please get involved, at least online! It is super cool that such events are perpetuating […]

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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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