A new “join-the-dots” cycling network – (almost) great local resource in Brabant Wallon

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A series of new signs has been catching my eye on the way home from work in recent weeks. Numbers in circles accompanied by arrows means that the long awaited spread of the Dutch-style node point cycle navigation system (Knooppunt) … Continue reading

An evening of pleasure and relaxation – cycling Milan’s “Walk of the Monks”

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On my three days in Milan I used the BikeMi shared bike scheme for most of my transportation, always my preferred way of getting around. But it was really hot and humid and the bikes are heavy and sluggish on … Continue reading

Of all the cycling bars in all the towns, in all the world, I had to walk into this one

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In my previous post I congratulated myself on finding a cheap apartment in a fantastic location in Milan (for that was the city in the images). However I was not there by accident. I chose it because it was near … Continue reading

Velo-city 2017 reflections – taking the Dutch cycling experience to new levels

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As with previous years I have used the space of a week to reflect on the 2017 Velo-city, the global cycling summit managed by ECF, the association I work for. This isn’t the official report, its just a chance for … Continue reading

Cities and Regions for Cyclists – pedalling and pushing at Velo-city 2017

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On Monday my Velo-city 2017 week kicked off as the joint host for a gathering of about 30 city officials from some of the more ambitious cycling cities in Europe, plus some colleagues from last year’s Velo-city host city Taipei. … Continue reading

Spirits rising – the familiar made special

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I am going to write about a short but wonderful bike ride, a ride that left me buoyed up by the beauty to be found in a familiar landscape. But make me a promise. Before you read this in full … Continue reading

Caged birds don’t fly – the pavement cyclists of Taipei

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This is just a short thought piece about my experiences and observations of institutionalised pavement (sidewalk) cycling in Taipei. Because I was staying in a different part of the city on this year’s trip to the Taipei Cycle Show and … Continue reading

Message to myself – “do not despair”

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Close followers of this blog will perhaps have noted that my “first day” blog post from Taipei Cycle Show was nearly 12 days ago and there has been nothing since. Yes, there were some memorable experiences on the following days … Continue reading