It is almost unbelievable to think that in the early 1970′s Amsterdam was a city dominated by cars! This video by Bicycle Dutch looks at the events – political and civil society actions and the forward thinking policies that have transformed Amsterdam (and the Netherlands for that matter) into one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Today over 60% of trips are made by bike in the inner city!
For a more in depth look at the politicians, organizations and campaigners who transformed the Netherlands into a bicycle -friendly nation, read this article by the London Cyclist Magazine.
“Road safety and mass cycling protests continued throughout the 1970s, given impetus by the energy crises, which put more pressure on the national government to improve facilities for sustainable transport. Regular car-free Sundays, a response to the oil shocks, reminded citizens of the pleasures to be had from city streets devoid of motor traffic”. LCC
BICYCLE ANECDOTES FROM AMSTERDAM
Ever wondered what it would be like to live and ride in Amsterdam. This short film by Streetfilms, offers a fascinating cross-section of commentary on life in the City of Bikes.
“I have had a love affair with bicycles since I was five. I love the inherent beauty in the simple design of the bicycle and I admire the workmanship and artistry that goes into the handmade bicycle. It has always been a dream of mine to design and manufacture custom bicycles and parts. Now, I can finally realise this dream” – David Mercer
You don’t always have to travel far and wide for a little adventure when the city has so much to offer. Videographer Bryn North shares his experience of Cape Town by bike. The result – a magical video ode: My City On Two Wheels.
Catch a train, ride up a mountain pass and camp under the stars…