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

The Velo-city 2017 cycle parade – photo gallery

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The Cycle Parade is one of the great traditions of the annual Velo-city global cycling summits, always a chance the participants to let their hair down a bit and cycle through the streets of the host city with the local … 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

A cycling day in Helsinki

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I made my first visit to Finland last week, spending a day in Helsinki and a day traveling cross country to see Herrmans, an innovative cycling company. I have no doubt this was just a taster because there are a … Continue reading

Going to Belgium to watch the Tour of Italy – in the Netherlands

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That’s how my father tried to explain this week’s holiday in Belgium to his non-cycling friends. It was then followed by a more detailed explanation of how the so called “Grand Tours” of cycle racing often take excursions outside their … Continue reading

Where might Mayor Ko of Taipei City sit in a league table for “cycling mayors”?

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At a Velo-city Taipei conference full of colourful characters there is little doubt that one of them almost stole the show, mostly by not being there. Elections for city mayors can occasionally throw up some characters who can be described … Continue reading