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Are You Segregationist Or Integrationist?

Here are the two sides of the coin on this one: Mixing motorised vehicles and people on bikes makes no sense. The former weighs 20-50 times as much as the latter, and the driver is protected from the consequences of

Posted in Assassination Attempts, Bike Culture, Cycle Infrastructure, Netherlands, Video

Personally I’d Find A Different Route

This video appeared on Cyclelicio.us a few days ago. It shows that you’re far, far "safer" to take the lane on a dual carriageway than to ride along the hard shoulder. In so doing, the overtaking traffic gives you a

Posted in Assassination Attempts, Bike Culture, Cycle Infrastructure, Netherlands, Road Safety, Video

The Anti-Bike Lunatic Fringe …

… of The Netherlands! No, really. Well, sort of – have a look at this video that came via EcoVelo and Amsterdamize : Compare the main interviewee’s attitude to the typical person where you live: "Perhaps you’ll need a cargo

Posted in 'A'-List Blogs, Bike Culture, Cycle Infrastructure, Industrial-Strength Sarcasm, Netherlands, Video

French For Beginners & Cyclists

No, not the kind of French lesson that’s of questionable use . . . [audio:http://karlmccracken.sweat365.com/files/2009/11/frenchlesson.mp3%5D No, I’m assuming that you’ve got yourself off the quayside and on the ferry to France (or for that matter Quebec) and that you now

Posted in Bike Culture, France, Netherlands, Silly Stuff

Is It Time To Demand Segregation?

No, I’m not talking about the kind of segregation that creates second-class citizens , and makes people sit at the back of the bus – that’s not a Good Thing at all. No, what I mean is having decent, direct

Posted in Bike Culture, Cycle Infrastructure, Friends, Netherlands, Road Safety, Video

Impressions of Amsterdam

This weekend, Robbie and I met up in Amsterdam – we were in town for the marathon on Sunday, and had each flown out on Saturday. It’s been a while (like 17 years) since I was last in Amsterdam, and

Posted in Bike Culture, Goals, Netherlands, Newcastle, Photographs

Friday Caption Contest: Guest Photographer – @amsterdamized

This week saw spring doing it’s thing here. By that I mean it was cold, with lots of April showers. Anyway, this photo from Marc over at Amsterdamize seems particularly apt for the sort of weather I wish we were

Posted in Friday Caption Competition, helmet, Netherlands
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